Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 93 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 5+. PG rating is based on some implied, but unsaid, cursing, like “son of a…” and rude terms like “jackhole.” Also an implied romantic relationship, but no kissing or other physical affection; basketball team dancers standing around in scantily clad outfits and gyrating during halftime performances; physical humor including a basketball to a man’s groin; and tough-love speeches from a coach who occasionally smacks his players and often tells them to “not suck.”
Even Oklahoma City Thunder fans who still regret the team losing the NBA Championship this year won’t find a use for ‘Thunderstruck,’ the shamelessly unsubtle family film starring Thunder star Kevin Durant. Maybe if the Thunder had won, this vehicle for Durant could have been excused—but they didn’t, and this movie is utterly unnecessary (as well as being unfunny).
By Roxana Hadadi
There have been a lot of needless films of 2012: “Piranha 3DD,”“The Expendables 2,”“The Three Stooges,”“Think Like a Man.” Perhaps you could make the excuse that sequels, remakes, and films inspired even by self-help books all deserve a shot because they’re based on an original concept. But the same reasoning can’t explain away the utterly unnecessary “Thunderstruck,” a basketball-themed family film from Warner Bros. that highlights Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant’s skill and talent. He has both of those things—just not when it comes to acting.