Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: NR Length: 90 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. If it were rated, it would be PG-13; it’s a movie about teenagers, so there’s cursing; jokes about and discussion of sex, as well as some very brief making-out scenes; and a parent who may possibly be an alcoholic and drug addict. It’s all fairly tame, though; pretty much what you would get in an episode of “Glee,” but with more profanity.
If you’re looking for insight about the tragic hardships of the high school experience, you won’t find it in ‘Struck by Lightning.’ Though the film tries to tap into what makes teens tick, it champions a conceited protagonist who feels the need to bully and mock others to assert his dominance—it’s not really an underdog story so much as 90 minutes of unbearable whining.
By Roxana Hadadi
“Glee” star Chris Colfer was 16 years old when he wrote his film “Struck by Lightning,” and it shows. As in, it’s more an onslaught of angsty whining than anything insightful, introspective, or revelatory about the teenage experience. Watch any John Hughes movie, or something edgy like “Heathers” or “Saved!” (which was actually directed by Brian Dannelly, who disappoints with this film), for a better dissection of what it means to be an adolescent. “Struck by Lightning,” perhaps because its writer was too close to its source material, can’t capture it.