Sky High

Sky High

Mike Mitchell (2005)

95min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Imagine a John Hughes teen drama combined with The Incredibles and you'll know what to expect from this futuristic high-school romp. A coming-of-age sci-fi comedy, it gives the trials and tribulations of adolescence a playful comic book-style spin. Michael Angarano stars as the son of revered superheroes Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston, who's sent off to the literally Sky High secret academy to hone his powers. But what his parents don't realise is that his special skills haven't yet emerged, which leads to him being bullied when he's downgraded to "sidekick" status. Part self-aware send-up, part colourful fantasy, the film's strength lies in its contagious sense of fun. Everything is done with tongue firmly in cheek, and there's some inspired casting, including Bruce (Evil Dead) Campbell as a tyrannical coach and 1970s Wonder Woman Lynda Carter as the school's principal. Consequently, it doesn't matter that the plotline's predictable and derivative, as the overall production is so boisterously entertaining.

Summary

The son of two legendary superheroes enrols at a school for children with special powers, even though he has none of his own. But instead of facing the future as a mere sidekick, he ends up having to save the day when a sinister villain hatches a plot against his family and friends. Fantasy comedy, starring Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Bruce Campbell and Lynda Carter.

Cast & Crew

Steve Stronghold / The Commander Kurt Russell
Josie Stronghold / Jetstream Kelly Preston
Will Stronghold Michael Angarano
Layla Danielle Panabaker
Ron Wilson Kevin Heffernan
Principal Powers Lynda Carter
Gwen Grayson Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Coach Boomer Bruce Campbell
Mr Boy Dave Foley
Warren Peace Steven Strait
Nurse Spex Cloris Leachman
Ethan Dee-Jay Daniels
Magenta Kelly Vitz
Zach Nicholas Braun
Mr Grayson / Stitches Jim Rash
Mr Medulla Kevin McDonald
Lash Jake Sandvig
Speed Will Harris
Director Mike Mitchell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Oct 2005
Comedy Drama Children's