Sky High (2005)
March 22, 2024 8:14 AM - Subscribe

Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Director: Mike Mitchell
Writers: Paul Hernandez, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker, Bruce Campbell

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!
posted by I_Love_Bananas (9 comments total)
I heard this praised on an episode of the Incomparable podcast, and gave it a go -- and I loved it!

Kurt Russell & Kelly Preston are so earnest, and the effects are not terrible (other than some props which seem deliberately cartoonish). The young actors are good, too.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:31 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]

Hilarious timeless classic!
posted by zeek321 at 9:14 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]

Oh, the soundtrack for this is [chefs-kiss.gif]. Haven't seen the movie since original release (took a mental health day from work and my then-girlfriend and I went to see it), but I have fond memories of it.
posted by hanov3r at 9:17 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]

I remember hearing that there was a plan for a four movie series (with increasing stakes) that wound up getting shelved when the movie underperformed:

Freshman Year: Save the School
Sophomore Year: Save the City
Junior Year: Save the World
Senior Year: Save the Universe

Also, I've always felt that this film wound up being an influence on things like UA from My Hero Academia.
posted by NoxAeternum at 10:04 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]

Such a great movie. We're currenty watching The Flash series, and it's trippy to see that Layla grew up to become a supervillian (sort of).
posted by signal at 7:38 PM on March 22 [1 favorite]

love this movie, all i have to say
posted by AlbertCalavicci at 11:36 AM on March 23 [1 favorite]

Also Steven Strait, who went on to The Expanse, Nicholas Braun of Succession and Jim Rash of, like, everything. And a lot of others besides - the casting director could really see talent. A friend of mine was an extra and said it was a lot of fun to work on.
posted by rednikki at 3:11 PM on March 23 [1 favorite]

One of the best gags in this movie is Kurt Russell breaking the phone in anger and grabbing a new phone out of a drawer.
posted by Fleebnork at 3:59 PM on March 23 [2 favorites]

I love this movie, too. “Hero.” “Sidekick.” “Sidekick.” “Hero.”
posted by Well I never at 7:02 AM on March 27 [2 favorites]

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