Chris Colfer’s (Kurt) new movie, Struck By Lightning, comes out today on nationwide VOD — an early taste for those of us who just don’t want to wait all the way until January 11 for the film to hit theaters.
Wetpaint Entertainment had a chance to watch the film early, so we can say with complete confidence that this snarky, dark indie comedy is a film you don’t want to miss out on. Just in case you need a bit more convincing, here are five reasons that Struck By Lightning can’t help but sizzle on screen.
1. Chris Colfer is snarky and hilarious in his first leading man role.
He’s arguably one of Glee’s biggest stars, but unlike his peers Lea Michele (Rachel), Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Cory Monteith (Finn), Chris has yet to make the leap from TV to the big screen. Not only does Struck By Lightning serve Chris’ film debut, but but he’s very much the star of the movie — and he pulls off the role of a leading man flawlessly.
He’s snarky and sarcastic, yet still vulnerable and easy to relate to. Lack of acting skill has never been a problem for Chris on Glee, and he pulls off a wide variety of emotional scenes with heartbreaking realism.
2. There are tons of familiar faces.
We’re not sure how Chris managed to get so many popular comedic actors in his little indie film. Perhaps he took a cue from his own movie and found a way to blackmail them? The film features the likes of Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland — the snarky cheerleader, comedy vet Allison Janney as his pill-popping mother, The Office’s Angela Kinsey — his misguided guidance counselor, longtime movie vet Polly Bergen as his quirky grandmother, Dermot Mulroney of My Best Friend’s Wedding — his deadbeat dad, and Mad Men bombshell Christina Hendricks as his father’s pregnant fiancee. We know the town of Clover, California, is supposed to be a place no one would ever want to visit, but with all this famous faces and their hilarious characters populating it, we actually don’t think we’d mind stopping by for a bit
3. Rebel Wilson. Enough said.
That’s right, Rebel Wilson gets her own separate section. Because she’s Rebel Wilson. The Australian comedian/actress/all-around force of nature, famous for her hilarious turns in movies like Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, shines in her role as Carson’s best friend, Malerie. She’s as quirky and appealing as always. Her lines are humorous. And the dynamic of her friendship with Carson leads to a very poignant moment in the film.
4. Meet Roberto Aguire’s Emilio... and get ready to swoon.
Among the many colorful characters at Carson’s high school, we find Emilio, the school’s Spanish exchange student. Emilio doesn’t speak a word of English, but the women at Carson’s school don’t seem to mind. With his dashing good looks, beautiful, perfectly-teased hair, and swoon-worthy use of a romance language, Emilio is the school's very own Casanova. Yet things aren’t always as they seem, and there’s a twist with Emilio’s character you’ll never see coming.
5. It’s Chris Colfer’s screenwriting debut.
Struck By Lightning has its dark moments, and times when the messiness and imperfections of humanity take center stage, but it is still a comedy. Usually, a movie will have one or two characters you can count on for comedic relief. In SBL, it’s almost every one of them. What’s more, each of those lines was written by Chris. The 22-year-old shows a storytelling and script writing ability far beyond his years. It’s not only for his snarky one-liners, but also for the way he dives in and examines all aspects of the human condition: the good and the bad. No one in the movie is perfect, but each and every character is painfully human.