Box art for Thunderstruck


children & family, sports

NBA All-Star Kevin Durant stars in his first major motion picture where he magically switches talent with his biggest fan.

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directed by

John Whitesell


Mike Karz


warner bros.

common sense

ON for kids age 7
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

Talent-swapping basketball tale is bland but OK for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Thunderstruck, a family-targeted sports comedy about two people who swap basketball talents, follows a pretty cliched formula. But there's nothing too worrisome, content-wise, aside from occasional mild language ("hell," "damn," "crap," "pissed") and a good bit of commercialism when it comes to the NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Nike. Young kids who love basketball -- and particularly star player Kevin Durant -- will learn a bit about the game and the player.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why body-swapping stories are so popular in movies. How does this one compare to others like Freaky Friday and Vice Versa?
  • What does Isabel mean about the basketball changing Brian? How does he begin to act differently at school?
  • Is Kevin Durant a good actor here? Do you think he could play someone other than himself? Can you think of other athletes who've become actors?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Sells itself on durable messages about strong work ethic, the importance of community relations and playing to one's individual potential.

- Sean O'Connell, Washington Post, Friday, August 24, 2012

Audience Reviews

2 stars

NBA superstar Kevin Durant has got game. His biggest fan has none. Things are about to switch! Good movie! One great message in this film is that talent isn't something you get; talent is something that you earn with hard work and dedication. It was predictable in its format and that last 10 minutes were basically a carbon copy of most other movies of this type, so don't be shocked. It isn't an Oscar contender, but compared to other movies starring athletes, this was a good one. A fun and energetic family basketball movie starring Kevin Durant AS HIMSELF, a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16 year old fan. When Brian, a hopelessly uncoordinated young fan magically switches talents with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team...while Kevin Durant suddenly can't make a shot to save his life. But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner involves working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero's season.

- MANUGINO, Tuesday, December 18, 2012

4 stars

Really good sports movie. My 10 year old is a big basketball fan and he watched it 3 times in 2 days when I rented it. Now that I bought it and have on flixster he can watch it whenever he wants. Kevin Durant did a really good job in acting. Not every athlete does that well when they dabble on the big screen.

- superreub1, Friday, December 28, 2012

5 stars

the best movie for kevin durant i love that guy because he is my person i would look up to for b-ball

- nduffduff, Monday, December 17, 2012