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Sky High

Sky High

4.1 20
Director: Mike Mitchell

Cast: Michael Angarano, Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston


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An ordinary teenager finds out he's not so ordinary after all in this comedy-adventure. Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) has his share of anxieties about starting high school, but once he arrives on campus, he discovers he's attending Sky High, a special learning facility for the children of superheroes. Will realizes his father is actually super-human crime fighter


An ordinary teenager finds out he's not so ordinary after all in this comedy-adventure. Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) has his share of anxieties about starting high school, but once he arrives on campus, he discovers he's attending Sky High, a special learning facility for the children of superheroes. Will realizes his father is actually super-human crime fighter Captain Stronghold (Kurt Russell), while his mom is fellow champion Josie Jetstream (Kelly Preston). However, in Will's first few days at school, Coach Boomer (Bruce Campbell) is unable to discover any superior abilities in him, meaning that instead of joining the school's budding heroes, he's been relegated to the ranks of the lowly sidekicks. In time, Will discovers he happens to have super strength after all, but will he learn to hone his new gifts in time to fend off the bullies at school, get the girl of his dreams, and save his folks from a longtime nemesis? Sky High also features Lynda Carter, Dave Foley, and Kevin McDonald.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although it borrows concepts from the Spy Kids movies and The Incredibles, Sky High offers enough ingenious touches of its own to emerge as a true original. It takes place largely in a high school for the children of superheroes. The freshmen that have inherited powers of their own are designated as Heroes and trained accordingly, while those less gifted are relegated to Sidekick status -- the superhero equivalent of the waterboy. Falling into the latter category is Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano), who is doubly embarrassed by his apparent lack of powers because his parents are the most famous superheroes of all: the Commander (Kurt Russell) and Jetstream (Kelly Preston). As if negotiating puberty wasn't bad enough! Director Mike Mitchell (Surviving Christmas) handles this fanciful premise with tongue planted firmly in cheek, and he keeps a tight rein on the cast so that there's a clear distinction between the comedic set pieces and action sequences. Kurt Russell is a huge asset as the Commander; as a superhero he cuts quite an imposing figure, but he's equally convincing as a loving dad who wants the best for his son. Angarano handles his own role with the aplomb of an older, more experienced actor, and the picture owes much of its success to his skillful portrayal -- one that should appeal both to underachieving teenage boys, and to the parents who love them. Well paced and dotted with inventive action, this rollicking adventure-comedy is a super addition to the family DVD library.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Despite its obvious ode to The Incredibles and the Harry Potter series, Sky High is a wildly entertaining time at the movies that parents and kids will flip for. With an inspired supporting cast that includes Kurt Russell, Bruce Campbell, Linda Carter, and two Kids in the Hall alumni, Kevin McDonald and Dave Foley, the movie surrounds its fledgling teen stars with scene-chewing veterans who delight in a chance to play with superhero molds of old. Michael Angarano and Danielle Panabaker make a splash as the teenage leads, lending the kind of naïve charm to their roles that Disney has thrived on. What makes the flick really work is how the filmmakers took the notion of a superhero school and molded it into a John Hughes-ish type of teen comedy. In fact, though it has grand doses of larger-than-life comic book action, some of the strongest elements are when the movie sets its sights squarely on the genre's oldest conventions. This kind of twist rarely pays off on the big screen, but this one does thanks to its sweet nature and the fun it exudes from the first moment to the last.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Alternate opening; "Welcome to Sky High" - a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie with cast and crew; "Breaking Down the Walls" - the stunts of Sky High; Movie Showcase: instant access to select movie scenes that showcase the ultimate in high definition picture and sound; Seamless menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Angarano Will Stronghold
Kurt Russell Steve Stronghold/The Commander
Kelly Preston Josie Stronghold/Jetstream
Kevin Heffernan Ron Wilson, Bus Driver
Steven Strait Warren Peace
Dee Jay Daniels Ethan
Nicholas Braun Zach
Kelly Vitz Magenta
Jim Rash Mr. Grayson
Jake Sandvig Lash
William Harris Speed
Malika Haqq Penny
Khadijah Penny
Cloris Leachman Nurse Spex
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Royal Pain
Bruce Campbell Coach Boomer
Lynda Carter Principal Powers
Dave Foley Mr. Boy
Danielle Panabaker Layla
Kevin McDonald Mr. Medula

Technical Credits
Mike Mitchell Director
Peter Amundson Editor
Paul Amundson Editor
Lisa Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Giacchino Score Composer
Andrew Gunn Producer
William Hawkins Art Director
Paul Hernandez Screenwriter
Bruce Hill Production Designer
Mario Iscovich Executive Producer
Shelly Johnson Cinematographer
Allison Jones Casting
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
Mark McCorkle Screenwriter
L. Justin Muller Asst. Director
Ann Marie Sanderlin Executive Producer
Robert Schooley Screenwriter
Michael Wilkinson Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sky High
1. Main Title
2. First Morning at School
3. Heroes and Sidekicks
4. In the Secret Sanctum
5. Support Program
6. Power Lunch
7. Crossover Appeal
8. Crossed Dinner Plans
9. Homecoming Committee
10. Trouble at the Prom
11. Real Hero Support
12. End Credits


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Sky High 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie blends Super Power situations with typical teen drama and coming of age situations. It has many references to the classic super heroes, but doesn't have any. All the characters were new. In a world with abundance of super heroes 2 stood out - The Commander and Jetstream. Jetstream could fly, at supersonic speed. She also had mastered unarmed combat. The Commander was pretty much invulnerable, and high level super strength. These 2 were a famous team, the entire planet knew them. Their civilian names were Steve Stronghold and Josie Stronghold, and they had a son Will Stronghold. Everyone assumed Will would have superpowers, but he'd yet manifest any, and had hidden that from his parents. He was about to start Sky High, and was powerless. His oldest friend, Layla, however had high level powers. She could control plants. When exactly Layla fell in love Will is unclear. It was obvious to anyone just meeting them. Will had years of preconceptions about the 2 of them. He wouldn't learn how she felt until near the end of the movie. When arriving a Sky High they met the rest of the main characters. Penny had cloning power - she could make duplicates of herself. Lash had stretching power. Speed's name and power were the same. Warren Peace had Pyrokinesis. Finally Gwen Grayson, she could control technology with her mind. They'd all been at Sky for awhile. Lash and Speed were the school bullies. Warren was a loner and bad ass. Penny was a one girl cheer leading squad. Gwen highly involved in school activities. Once in school Will, Layla and the others were sorted into 2 categories. Officially they Hero and Sidekick, unofficially they were impressive powers and unimpressive. Layla refused to participate and Will was powerless, both were dumped with the sidekicks. Will's life changed when Lash tripped him, causing him to crash into Warren. Warren's dad was a super villain, who been captured by Will's parents. He hated his dad, but held a grudge against Will's family. When a fight broke out between them, other sidekicks came to Will's aid and were about to be roasted. Then, without any thought, Will picked Warren up and threw him across the room. Super Strength surged through his entire body. Later Will and Warren would be teamed up in a combat simulation. They actually made a good team, and humiliated Speed and Lash in the process. Next came the school dance. As Gwen stood on stage she revealed who she really was, a villainess named Royal Pain. After revealing her identity, she used her powers to encase herself in cybernetic armor. The body suit portion of the armor gave her flight capacity and augmented strength. The helmet had a permanent expression of malevolence on it. Before the entire dance she forsaked her natural beauty, and turned herself into a monster. The following battles were between Will and Royal Pain, Layla and Penny, and Warren and Speed. Warren easily roasted Speed. Layla had never wanted to use her powers for violence, but when attacked by Penny she finally stepped up. She filled an entire room with massive clinging vines, capturing Penny and all her clones. During Will's battle with Royal Pain, her bionic armor let her throw him out a window. Believing herself triumphant she turned to finish Layla and Warren. Then to everyone's surprise Will flew in through the window. He'd gained his mom's power also. He flew straight at Royal Pain, knocked off her feet, and then shattered her helmet with a single blow. Will, Warren, and Layla had saved Sky High. Warren had overcome his dad's evil reputation, and become close friends with Will. Will had surpassed both his parents, and become a Hero himself. Layla had overcome her reservations. At the end of the movie she was both how and where she'd always wanted to be - by Will's side and in his arms.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this was not that bad of a typical disney movie but intersting enough. though totally predicable and sometimes annoying. love danielle "liked her in stuck in the suburbs where i first noticed her" and michael "who was cute in little secrets and speak" but wanted to see a bit more of steven as warren (going to watch the covenant soon and kinda reminds me of josh hartnet when he was in the faculty for some reason) who's one of my favorite characters in the movie next to layla.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie - the affects are wonderful and a must buy if you are a fan of superheroes. Every character has a different special ability so you can imagine the insanity. Bruce Campbell is perfect as the high school gym teacher that everyone hates. Definitely check this out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie a lot,I don't think that this is the kind of movie that everyone would love though. Yes,it is far fetched,but I still enjoyed it. I would recommend it to mostly kids and teens,but I do know a couple of adults who have enjoyed it too. Watch it and then write a review like me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was really good, the best disney movie. Michael Angarano a really good and cute actor
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was the greatest movie ever made.Enyone who is any one whould watch this movie.Me and my friends loved it it was cute,funny, and just plain neat.
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