Struck By Lightning is a 2012 coming-of-age comedy-drama film written
by and starring Chris Colfer, who is known from the show “Glee” and
directed by Brian Dannelly. Who directed the movie “Saved” in 2004. The
film had its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on April 21,
2012. The film is now available on Demand and was released on January 11,
2013 at selective movie theaters. In the very first scene, audiences learn that
Carson Phillips (Chris Colfer “Glee”) has been STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
and killed in his school parking lot. The dead Carson recounts the last few
weeks of his life via funny and insightful flashbacks, He proceeds to explain
that he lived in the small town of Clover, California (population: less than
10,000). In flashback, Carson is shown as the editor of the high school newspaper, with big dreams to attend North western’s journalism school and
write for The New Yorker, and even win a Nobel Prize. When his inept
guidance counselor (Angela Kinsey “Juno”) suggests that he start a literary
magazine to up his admissions chances, Carson and his only friend, Malerie
(Rebel Wilson “Perfect Pitch”), start blackmailing a group of well-known
students with scandalous secrets in order to staff their new venture. In the
movie's main subplot, the pregnant local pharmacist (Christina Hendricks
“Mad Men”) discovers she's engaged to Carson's estranged father (Dermot Mulroney “My Best Friend’s Wedding”), who's still not technically divorced
from Carson's alcoholic pill popping mom (Allison Janney “Juno”).
Was Struck by Lightning an all-too-familiar teen movie or with it’s witty, sassing one-liners putting the twist on outcast verses the popular kids storyline?
Not many teen comedies bother trying to take an honest look at the real and sometimes overwhelming obstacles faced by even the best and brightest during the turbulent high school years. Then again, not many teen comedies begin by killing their main...