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Sky High

Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano,
Linda Carter and Cloris Leachman

Rated: PG
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: July 29, 2005 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures

Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston star as super-heroes in a Disney kid friendly film.

The two play Commander and Jet-stream Stronghold, the most celebrated super-heroes in a city full of super-heroes. They have a teenage son, Will (Michael Angarano) and they hope he will inherit one of their powers. Dad hopes his son will take after him and have super strength and Mom wants him to take up her flying ability. What they don't know, and Will is afraid to tell them, is that he hasn't shown even a hint of superness as yet.

On the first day of high school Will is picked up by a flying school bus that whisks him away to Sky High, a secret academy that helps to prepare children of super-heroes to follow in their parent's footsteps.

The school is tucked away floating above the clouds and when he arrives all of the Freshmen are herded into the school gym. A bully like coach calls them one by one to come forward and demonstrate their powers so he may classify them. The kids that show terrific ability, like holding a car up over their head or flitting around the room at lightning speed are sent to a special classroom where the other kids look up to them.

The rest of the kids who have inferior power, like glowing in the dark, or turning themselves into a puddle, are relegated to the "sidekicks" classroom, to become a "Robin" to someone else's "Batman." And much to Will's shame, he joins the sidekicks clubs.

They might as well have a big "L" for loser stamped on their foreheads for all they must put up with. Some are tripped or have their heads pushed into the boy's room toilet by the mean so-called "super-heroes." Even so, there's a couple of good lessons to be learned; no one is better than anyone else and success comes when everyone works together.

I'd like to have seen more of Preston and Russell, but this film belongs to the kids. There's also a couple of fun cameos by Linda Carter and Cloris Leachman.

In the same genre as Spy Kids, although not as good, the film has some laughs and kept the attention of the eight year olds (birthday party) that were with me. Each one said they really liked the film. Isn't that what it's all about?

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