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Sky High (2005)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  29 July 2005 (USA)
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Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.



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It all begins when young Will Stronghold, the son of the two famous superheroes: Steve and Josie, A.K.A. the incredibly strong, seemingly invulnerable Commander and and the high-speed flying Jetstream. However, Will does not actually know if he has any powers of his own, and has not told his parents this. He and his best friend, Layla are facing their first day of a secret school in the clouds like none on earth: Sky High, the first and only high school for kids with super-human powers going through crime-fighting puberty. But with no apparent superpowers of his own, however, Will seems destined to grow up a mere sidekick. But as he discovers his true strengths, he'll also learn that it takes loyalty and teamwork to truly become a hero! Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Súper escuela de héroes  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,631,784 (USA) (29 July 2005)


$97,696 (South Africa) (3 February 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The phone number for Stronghold Realty is 800-656-1482, which is a number at ABC, which is owned by Disney. The voicemail message was: "Thank you for calling ABC, the number you have reached is a fictional non-working number used for motion picture, and television production." The number can be seen near the end of the movie when Mr. and Mrs. Timmerman are admiring their new house, which is about to be crushed by Sky High, the camera pans by the Stronghold Realty sign. However, the number no longer gives that message. It now says: "In order to better direct your call, please state the company and the ten digit phone number you are attempting to reach." See more »


When Principal Powers disappears through the gym door, the stage light is visible beneath and behind Coach Boomer See more »


Steve: [re: the Pacifier] This is my most prized possession, Will.
Will Stronghold: Wow. What does it do?
Steve: No idea.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are decorated with still-frame comic-book illustrations. One of the still frames has a single animated element - a purple monster's eye, which moves and blinks. (It appears just before the music credits.) See more »


Spoofs Unbreakable (2000) See more »


Save It for Later
Written by Roger Charlery, Andy Cox, David Steele, Everett Morton,
David Wakeling
Produced by Dave Bassett
Performed by Flashlight Brown
Courtesy of Hollywood Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

Could be a sleeper!
28 July 2005 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I think Disney misfired with the very poor The Pacifier and had higher expectations from the Herbie movie. But they'll do surprisingly well with this kids flick, I think. Perhaps we even have a sleeper here.

When I saw the Sky High trailer I thought I was going to see the next installment of Spy Kids. Okay, there are a lot of crazy special effects in this movie, but the story is actually driven by the nice performances by almost all the actors instead of lots of SFX.

The film is about young Will Stronghold (charming performance by Michael Angarano), son of the two most popular and successful superheroes in the world, The Commander (Kurt Russell) and Jetstream (Kelly Preston). Will is about to go to Sky High, a school especially founded for superheroes, but there's one problem: he doesn't own any superpower. Instead of being a superhero, his highest goal seems to be the one of sidekick. So how can he survive at school being the son of the world most famous super duo? And how will his parents react when they hear the bad news?

Sky High is a very entertaining family movie with lots of good hearted humor. Early in the movie Bruce Campbell (oh yeah!) steals the show as (ex-hero, now teacher) Sonic Boomer, who has a 'Sorting Hat' scene in which he determines which student will go to hero class and which ones will study for sidekick. Kurt Russell gives a great tongue-in-cheek performance as proud daddy who thinks it's great that his son defeats all the bullies at school but has to condemn it in front of his wife. And that's the opinion of a someone who isn't actually a fan of the actor himself. The original little ideas dry out after the first half of the movie, but who said that all family movies should have Oscar power?

Sky High is a movie about friendship, falling in love with the wrong girl, falling in love with the right girl and trying to succeed in your parents footsteps. Very entertaining for the kids, and some nice laughs for parents too (during the Sidekick lessons given by ex-All American Boy for instance: lots a references to the Robin from the Batman TV-series). Great 80's soundtrack as well, with covers from songs by The Smiths, Talking Heads, Tears for Fears and even Till Tuesday and Modern English.

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