Movie Review: Struck by Lightning

 I was scrolling through Netflix again the other night, and decided to give Struck by Lightning, written by and starring Chris Colfer, a try.  My expectations weren’t that high, but I do enjoy a good high school movie.  

The story opens with Carson’s death.  He is, in fact, struck by lightning.  The rest of the movie is a flashback that tells his story.  Carson’s parents divorced some time ago, and his mother didn’t take it well.  Allison Janney plays his mother, and she is pretty brilliant.  Christina Hendricks was also very good as Carson’s father’s new fiance.  

Carson wants to be a journalist, and he runs the school newspaper and decides to start a literary magazine to improve his chances of getting into his college of choice.  

He blackmails his classmates into submitting, and things get really interesting from there.  

The movie has a few flaws–his father is an unbelievably terrible person, and the school authorities are pretty ridiculous, but overall, the movie is funny, sad, and surprising.  The scene near the end after Carson’s mother learns of his death made me cry, and the subplot about his grandmother was heart-wrenching.  

It’s definitely worth checking out.  

In other news, I just learned of an online grammar checker called Grammarly.  It seems pretty cool.  It checks for plagiarism, spelling errors, punctuation, and style word choice issues.  

About Jamie

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cats. She has over 160 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. She has a novella and two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

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