If anybody could lay claim to being the breakout star when the musical TV show Glee
became a phenomenon, it was Chris Colfer. As Kurt, the sensitive, gay high-school kid surrounded by cruel jocks, Colfer was the human center of a show that often reveled in snark and melodrama at the expense of genuine pain. His feature debut (not counting the Glee
concert film) is Struck by Lightning
, another tale of dark high-school days. If Colfer is worried about being typecast he has only himself to blame, because he wrote the movie as well.
He plays Carson Phillips, a young man who dreams of becoming a writer, leaving his small town, and going to coll...