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Kevin Durant's Thunderstruck is a mess, but I doubt OKC fans will care all that much....
Warner / 94 Minutes / 2012 / Rated PG / Street Date: December 4, 2012
Here we go: if you're crazy with fandom for the Oklahoma City Thunder, you're not going to be able to keep yourself from watching Thunderstruck once (you'll at least try to get through it). Featuring Thunder star Kevin Durant as himself, this dingbat tale of body-switching and the magical basketball powers it inspires is the sort of basic-cable tripe that most of us go out of our way to avoid, but Thunder mania has changed the world of NBA fandom in the 2010s in a massive, almost seismic way: Thunder fans will bemoan Thunderstruck's innate stupidity, yet still keep cheering for Durant throughout.
One can smell the plot setup of Thunderstruck from a mile away - when young Brian (Taylor Gray) takes place in a half-time shooting contest at a Thunder game only to bump into Durant and find himself switching bodies with him (he, of course, 'wishes he could play like" the star), Thunderstruck falls snugly into sports movie cliche. Brian becomes a grade-school b-ball megatalent, he ruins his relationships with his buddies on his maniacal quest for power, and he eventually learns the true meaning of Christmas when bodies get switched back at the end (awwww...).
If anything, Thunderstuck is a testament to the white-hot fandom that the Thunder have so recently constructed. No one in their right mind would call this straight-to-video numbness as anything but a cash cow, but we at DVDFile had more than five Thunder fan colleagues of ours beg to get their hands on an early Blu-ray edition: I suppose the heart wants what it wants. Again, Thunderstruck is a turkey, but if you own a Thunder jersey or cap, I guarantee you'll have a blast spending an hour-and-a-half groaning through it.