Struck By Lightning is a fun, sassy, bitchy, and ultimately run-of-the-mill movie that you will remember for two reasons.
One, it brings together virtually every major young star you recognize from Hollywood tween land (including Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Carter Jenkins, the blondie everygirl from Suburgatory) which will make it instantly appealing to the very young and those who refuse to let go of their youth.
Two, and more importantly, it stars Chris Colfer in a role that mercifully lets him get away from being the gay choir boy that he is known for playing on Fox’s Glee. In his role as the deceased Carson Phillips (he gets struck by lightning in a random act of cosmic cruelty as he’s about to move on in life), he gets to be someone who takes vengeance on his school tormentors by doing something highly unconventional. And no, that something is not singing.
Carson wants to go to Northwestern so he can one day manage The New Yorker. His counselor (played by Angelia Kinsey from The Office) tells him to start writing a magazine to prove that he can, in fact, manage a publication.
As things work out, he ends up blackmailing the entire school to get them to contribute articles about their enemies and friends. In essence, he kind of runs the high school version of The Enquirer. Only more juvenile. His parents, meanwhile, are doing their best to be as dysfunctional as possible. For example, his mother laces his meals with anti-depressants because she thinks he needs them. Moms!
The movie is kind of a boys version of Mean Girls except it has nothing to do with the social hierarchy between males of a certain age. What it does very well is show how awful high school can be for those who dare to be themselves. It also provides ample opportunities for Rebel Wilson to steal scenes. Which she does. By the dozens. There are some smart one-liners and big laughs in the movie, most of them courtesy Ms. Wilson’s killer comic timing.
It’s about time someone give her her own starring vehicle. She’s too fudging funny to be a perennial supporting character.