Sky High (2005)

6.31 h 39 min2005X-RayPG
The son of legendary heroes, a young man carries huge expectations as he enters a high school known for molding the heroes of tomorrow. As he discovers his true strengths, he'll also learn that it takes loyalty and teamwork to truly become a hero!
Mike Mitchell
Kelly PrestonMichael AngaranoDanielle Panabaker
Science FictionComedyKidsAdventureAction
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Mary Elizabeth WinsteadKurt Russell
Andrew Gunn
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice twist on usual high school/coming of age story by making it about young superheroes
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Sky High was a really enjoyable family movie about superheroes. The story is a coming to age tale but with the kid Will (Michael Angarano) being the son of the two leading superheroes in the world, The Commander (Kurt Russell) and Jetstream (Kelly Preston). He has to live up to their legacy and everyone’s expectations when he goes to Sky High the school for heroes, which obviously isn’t easy especially when he doesn’t show any powers.

At Sky High the movie gets to play around with the superhero mythology. Kids for example show their powers and get split up into hero and sidekick groups. The heroes pick on the sidekicks, etc. Along the way Will has to deal with peer pressure and picking who his friends really area. Of course a supervillain appears as well and there’s a big confrontation at the end. Overall it was a nice twist on the usual high school story.
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betpReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A movie
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At some point a kid whose power is deemed useless in the beginning does something useful. Another character jokingly sings, "Then all the reindeer loved him..."

I think that speaks to the message of this movie. No one is inherently valuable. Your value lies in your abilities and your production. Until you're useful to others, you should be working your butt off trying to be useful to others. And your parents will be disappointed the whole time.

Eh. You know? Heard it before. In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in fact.

Also none of the characters dated the characters I thought they should. What gives?

But it was a cute movie.
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LAB Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining, Clever, and Clean
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I had never heard of this movie until today, when my 11yo daughter asked if we could watch it for our family movie night (she had heard of it from a friend). I don't know how it missed my radar screen all these years, but it is a gem. If you are looking for an "A+" movie, this is not it. But if you are looking for a solid "B" movie that is cleverly written, well-acted, entertaining, and exceptionally clean, you will enjoy this film. It is one of those movies anyone in the family can watch and enjoy.
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J.A. MarlowReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
So Funny!
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I accidentally stumbled onto this on a Disney channel, and laughed myself silly through it. I could tell that there were deleted scenes in the on-air version, so I bought the DVD to enjoy the entire movie.

I'm still surprised at all the actors they got for this. So many roles for people who have been a part of previous superhero movies and TV shows. Such as Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman, Kurt Russell of Snake Plissken, Bruce Campbell from Evil Dead, and Cloris Leachman of Young Frankenstein.

It didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed the scenes I didn't get to see before. The ensemble cast worked together great. Great special effects, as well. One of the DVD extras is showing how they did some of the stunts, and wow. The kids were really brave to try some of it! I'm not sure I would have.

I read later that the kid's contracts had a part saying that they would do a Disney series if Disney decided to produce it. Sadly, that never happened. I, for one, would have liked to see what they would have done with the series with all the kids in this. Some of whom have gone on to quite a few adult juicy roles, showing they had, and still have, plenty of acting chops.

This is a movie I definitely recommend for plain good fun!

(Writer of this review is not in any way related to Ron Wilson, Bus Driver. Hehee)
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Melanie417Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sky High, a fun-filled film for the whole family
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My six year old son loves this movie, and full disclosure, so do I. This movie is fun and, the fact that it is being left off Disney’s new streaming service for a while, it’s a perfect time to pick it up. I wish it came with a digital copy, but alas, still a good pick up for family movie nights.
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H. BalaReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Heard over the cafeteria P.A. system at Sky High: "The cafeteria staff requests that sidekicks stop ordering hero sandwiches."
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I've got love for any film that'll showcase Spandau Ballet, and SKY HIGH is pretty generous in showcasing one of my childhood anthems, "True." Besides, SKY HIGH is worth many repeat viewings. As I recall, this offering from Walt Disney Pictures demonstrated strong legs at the box office. And why not? It is hugely entertaining. For Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano), peer pressure is a mother and he's not at all looking forward to this year's first day of school. Will Stronghold is the third generation child of a family of superheroes. His parents are Steve (Kurt Russell) and Josie (Kelly Preston), successful real estate brokers... who also happen to be the world's greatest caped crusaders, the invincible Commander and Jetstream, mistress of super-sonic flight and unarmed combat. Will is enrolled in Sky High, a hi-tech learning establishment ideal for molding tomorrow's super-powered crime fighters. Sky HIgh is his parents' alma mater. So expectations are off the charts.

Will isn't about to tell his parents that he doesn't have any superpowers, that he's either a late bloomer or maybe even a never-was.

Sky High is "kept aloft by the latest in anti-gravitional propulsion," meaning that this unusual academy is accessed by a rocket-propelled school bus. The students all have some sort of special ability but, other than that, Sky High is like any other school. There are cliques and social politics and acne and teen angst and awkwardness. Will Stronghold's first day is pretty sad, especially when the "power placement" session - which determines whether you're a "hero" or a "sidekick" - swings around and Will arrives at the moment he'd been dreading, exhibiting his lack of powers. A dumbfounded Coach Boomer (Bruce Campbell, more abrasive than the Sorting Hat) promptly labels him a sidekick and designates him to Hero Support, a course taught by the now middle-aged All-American Boy, who used to be the Commander's sidekick. Mr. Boy is terrifically played by Dave Foley.

Michael Angarano doesn't at all look like a teenaged pin-up model, and this lends an immediate appeal and a realness to his role. You like him even when he pulls those bonehead slip-ups. In Hero Support, Will ends up hanging out with a shabby bunch of sidekicks so dubiously powered even the Legion of Substitute Heroes bully them for lunch money. There's a guy who glows (a hilarious Nicholas Braun). Another guy who melts into a puddle. A girl who shapeshifts into a guinea pig. The only one with serious powers is Will's best friend, Layla, who can manipulate plant life. Except that Layla, deeming the hero-sidekick system to be unfair, refused to demonstrate her talent. Ergo, sidekick.

What's school without an unattainable crush? Will quickly falls for Sky High's most popular girl (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). He also gets the stink eye from another freshman, the incendiary Warren Peace (Steven Strait), son of a hero and a super-villain (except that this super-villain parent used to be one of the Commander's foes).

There are clever bits and, thankfully, not too many contrived bits. I love the scenes in the Hero Support class. The big bad's true nature caught me by surprise. Tonally, SKY HIGH tilts towards the lighthearted. Even the superhero action sequences are laden with humor, although that doesn't take away from the spectacle of the fighty fights. Thru character development and a solid script, the story allows you to get to know these lovable underdogs. Another strength of the film is that the cast - consisting of teens and established actors - performs seamlessly as a whole. The school faculty is peppered with iconic figures. Cloris Leachman cameos as the X-ray powered school nurse. And, most awesomely, Lynda Carter plays Sky High's Principal Powers. And she is still gorgeous. Meanwhile, Kurt Russell, with this movie (his 11th big screen Disney release), takes over Dean Jones' longstanding spot as Disney's most featured live-action male lead. It makes you realize that Kurt Russell grew up in front of our eyes. I just watched THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES a few weeks ago, and I can't help but think that, forty years ago, Kurt Russell would've been playing the Will Stronghold role, instead of the beaming dad. Correction, "beaming" dad until the Commander learns that his son's a sidekick. Who hears Spandau Ballet music. Still, it's another element to relish in this film, the father-son relationship between the Commander and Will Stronghold.

The DVD's extras:

- Alternate Opening - a flashback sequence set in 1985 featuring Jetstream, the Commander, and All-American Boy battling Royal Pain & Stitches (00:03:20 minutes)
- Super Bloopers (00:04:19 minutes long)
- "Breaking Down the Walls: The Stunts of SKY HIGH" (00:07:00)
- "Welcome to SKY HIGH" - A featurette which takes you behind the scenes with the cast & crew (00:15:18)
- Bowling for Soup's Music Video "I Melt With You"
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Brandi ShawReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is so much fun to sit around and watch.
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I love this movie. Its cute and fun and its not as cruel and mean as some of the newer teen movies. No crazy romance thing, where two girls will kill each other over the guy and do mean things to each other. Just regular teen angst. Its a good movie to teach kids about knowing what they are capable of and that apparently being better at something doesn't make you better in general. The parents aren't idiots either, am I the only one who has noticed that a lot of teen shows and movies these days seem to make the parents complete idiots. His parents are not even crazy unfair, which is also a problem with newer shows. Ive seen some new ones that literally have the idiot parents overreact to the dumbest crap and not at more serious things. Who writes these things? AnyWho- I love this Movie, it so much fun to sit around and watch, like alot of things from the 1990's and early 2000s.
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LorienReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great to watch with the kids.
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Sky High is one of those too-few movies that are as much fun for adults as for kids - especially if you like superhero movies.

It's basically a teen family comedy, in which the parents are superheroes expecting their son to take over the family business - but he's too afraid to tell them that he doesn't have any superpowers. Even worse, he's going to a high school for superheroes - so he's been relegated to the sidekick path. Sorry, 'hero support'.

There is almost no violence, no swearing, no nudity of any kind, no suggestive anything - it's really great for kids, both of mine love it.

Basically, imagine a cross between 'Mystery Men' and '10 Things I Hate About You' starring Hiccup from 'How to Trian Your Dragon'. If that sounds good to you, you'll love this.
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