Movie Review: 'Thunderstruck'

“Thunderstruck” is a lighthearted souvenir of the Oklahoma City Thunder's extraordinary performance in the 2011-12 NBA season and the worldwide attention focused on its 6-foot, 9-inch superstar, Kevin Durant.
Oklahoman Published: August 24, 2012

“Thunderstruck” is a low-stakes affair, but Durant turns in an affable, naturalistic performance. A soft-spoken, humble presence off the court, Durant sticks to an emotional range that hews close to real life — a solid decision for his first big-screen appearance. When he hits his rough streak, it's clear that missing shots presented a serious acting challenge for the 23-year-old Durant.

For Oklahoma City moviegoers, one of the great diversions in “Thunderstuck” is seeing the city in a supporting role. While many of the interior shots were filmed in Baton Rouge (and a go-cart scene at Celebration Station with Brian and Isabel has a few too many palm trees for this environment), the downtown shots give “Thunderstruck” the realistic feeling of a city united in its enthusiasm over a winning team. Furthermore, Durant's mother, Wanda Pratt, gets to steal the show in a cameo appearance.

This is a love letter to the Thunder and especially Durant, and young viewers will enjoy seeing the NBA superstar interacting with relatable teen characters. Nothing about “Thunderstruck” is especially original, but Durant's appeal as a good-natured role model at the top of his game comes through even when the comedy elements are strictly junior varsity.

George Lang



PG1:302 ½ stars

Starring: Kevin Durant, Taylor Gray, Jim Belushi, Brandon T. Jackson, Tristin Mays. (Mild language and rude humor)


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