High School Heroics
Starring: Kevin Durant, Taylor Gray,
Tristin Mays, James Belushi
Genre: Sports Comedy
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time
Director: John Whitesell
Executive Producer: Eric Goodwin, Bill Johnson,
Producer: Mike Karz
Writer: Eric Champnella, Jeff Farley
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The movie opens by contrasting the complete athletic ineptitude of Brian (Taylor Gray) with the astounding abilities of Kevin Durant. Brian is made the laughing stock of his school when videos of his spectacular inabilities are played in the lunchroom just as he approaches the beautiful new girl at the school, Isabel (Tristin Mays).
Brian’s Dad tries to make him feel better by taking him to an Oklahoma City Thunder game. Brian wins the chance to attempt a half-court shot for $20,000. His shot is so far off it hits the mascot, but this leads to an opportunity to receive a signed basketball handed to him by Kevin Durant. In the course of the exchange, Brian wishes he had Kevin’s talent and a magical transfer occurs. Kevin becomes inept, and Brian suddenly can do astounding things with a basketball.
Those who enjoyed mocking Brian in the past are left in his tracks. He goes from towel boy to star, to ball hog, to such a snoot he calls himself a “basketball god.” In the process, his team wins a lot of games, but he loses his old friends and turns off Isabel, whom he’s tried so hard to impress. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant goes into something far worse than a slump. He’s ridiculed for his horrible play, but through it all just works and works to try to get back “his game.”
THUNDERSTRUCK is clearly aimed at young boys who dream of being a star. Slow in a few places, it’s enjoyable to see the klutz become the star only to learn a lesson about the dangers of pride. Caution is advised for younger children because of the high school setting and the magical transfer.
THUNDERSTRUCK is clearly aimed at boys who dream of being a star. It’s enjoyable to see the klutzy guy become the star, only to wind up learning a lesson about the dangers of pride. Caution is advised for the magical element in THUNDERSTRUCK.