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Sky High | 2005 | PG | - 3.4.2

Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston star as the world's most legendary superhero team (he's super strong and she can fly) and they're also married to each other and have a teenage son (Michale Angarano) who's about to go to high school; a very special high school that caters to teens with superpowers. However, their son may not be able to follow them in the family business since he doesn't have any superpowers -- at least not yet. Also with Danielle Panabaker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Steven Strait, Dee Jay Daniels, Nicholas Braun, Kelly Vitz, Bruce Campbell and Lynda Carter. Directed by Mike Mitchell. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A teenage boy walks out from behind a screen wearing only boxer shorts (he is bare-chested). Teenage girls wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and short skirts that reveal bare legs and thighs. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, and a woman wears a low-cut top (revealing cleavage) and a tight-fitting skirt. A woman hikes up her skirt revealing more of her thigh. A woman wears a low-cut, tight-fitting costume that reveals cleavage.
 A husband and wife kiss in a few scenes, and a teenage boy and a teenage girl kiss in several scenes. A teenage girl kisses a teenage boy on the cheek and a woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 A teenage boy and a teenage girl hold hands and walk, teenage boys and girls dance at a party, teenage boys and girls flirt in several scenes, and a teenage boy looks at a teenage girl dreamily.
 A teenage boy panics when he realizes that he "made out with an old lady" (she looks like a teenager). A woman talks about remembering her son and his girlfriend, "swimming naked in the kiddie pool together."
 A teenage boy with superpowers zaps a teenage girl on the buttocks with his laser vision, and she turns around and freezes him and his friend.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two teenage boys with super powers compete against two other teenage boys with super powers in a game of "save the citizen" (a dummy being gradually lowered over rotating blades): One teen with super powers hurls fireballs and hits a man by accident (he ends up with a flame on his shoulder, which he puts out), one teen keeps being knocked on the ground by another who runs very, very fast around him, a teen gasps for air when the fast teen speeds around him sucking out all the oxygen, and another teen with elastic abilities is stretched and tied to a post; also one teen is thrown through the air, and one teen slams the floor, making the wooden planks come apart.
 A teenage boy is tripped, he drops his tray of food on another teenage boy, who gets up, his hands burst into flames and he begins to throw fireballs at the first teen, hitting kitchen equipment, melting a tray and causing others in the lunch room to scream and run for cover. A teenage boy with super powers lifts a table where another teenage boy stands over his head and throws it; the thrown teen hits his head on a rafter and falls onto another table.
 A teenage boy with the power to ignite himself charges toward another teen, who sprays him with a fire extinguisher and covers him with white foam.
 An enormous robot terrorizes a city, a super hero crashes into the robot, knocking it back onto the ground and destroying it; the super hero keeps the eye of the robot as a souvenir. Many people are shot by a ray gun that turns them into infants; when they are hit they flinch and scream, then fall to the floor and we hear babies crying.
 A teenage girl with super powers flies into a teenage boy with super powers knocking him back through many walls: they fight, throwing each other back and forth, and crashing into walls and onto tables.
 A teenage boy with super powers slips in a puddle of goo on a floor (it's really another teenage boy with the power to melt), he crashes into a wall and another teenage boy with super powers zaps him in the buttocks with a ball of fire (we hear him yell and see him kicking his legs).
 A teenage boy with super powers is thrown through a window and we see him falling through the sky toward Earth (he does not hit the ground). A large structure that's suspended in the sky plummets toward Earth; there are many people inside, and it nearly crashes onto a house.
 A teenage girl with super powers is chased by several other girls, she is punched in the face by one of them, and she makes vines grow that entwine the other teens and hold them off the ground.
 A teenage boy with super strength crashes through a wall. A man (super hero) is angry and yells at his son, he pounds on a counter (knocking things into the air), and he breaks a telephone.
 A teenage boy with super powers chases another boy into a bathroom, steps on his back, and dunks his head into a toilet; he tries to pull it out but his neck stretches and the other teen flushes the toilet. A teenage boy is tossed out of a bathroom stall after having been given a "swirlie" by two other teenage boys.
 A teenage boy is catapulted into the air, crashes into a wall and then onto stairs. A teenage boy turns into a large rock man, a car drops on him, and he catches it. A man hangs from a vent shaft, falls, lands on his desk, and then tumbles head first into a garbage can. A teenage girl kisses a teenage boy on the cheek, and the boy jumps into the air and knocks down a light pole. A man has a booming voice that knocks people back when they are hit by the sound waves; a teenage boy is thrown off a stage. A villain grabs his flunky by the throat and squeezes, in several scenes. A car falls and nearly crushes a teenage boy.
 Teenage boys and girls are strapped into the seats of a school bus that drives off the end of a roadway, drops a short distance (the children are screaming in fear), it sprouts wings and jet engines and it flies into the sky.
 A man throws a weight plate toward a boy who catches it and is knocked back onto his bed, which breaks out from under him. A teenage girl turns into a ball, another turns into a guinea pig, and a teenage boy turns into a melted puddle of goo. A mannequin is torn into pieces by a mulcher.
 A teenage boy with super powers threatens another teenage boy by saying, "I'll roast you alive." A woman (a school doctor) uses X-ray vision to look inside a teenage boy's chest (we see his ribs and internal organs briefly). Two teenage boys tease a man by taking his hat and dropping it in a puddle of mud. A man has a really large head. A man (now an infant) tells a man who is holding him that he has had a bowel movement (using baby talk). A man (super hero) yells at several teenagers.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 baby-talk scatological term (boom-boom), 1 mild anatomical term (butt), 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (whiner babies, loser, jerk, stupid) a teenage girl (now a guinea pig) says "bite-me" to a man, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Large tubs of ice with bottled beverages are seen at a party (it is unclear whether they are alcoholic beverages). Punch is served at a school dance and it seems to be non-alcoholic.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Super heroes, reputations (living up to them and living them down), family, popularity, friendship, valuing brawn over brains, broken hearts, mad science, power rays, trust, respect, pressure to succeed, ego, psychopaths, team work, true love, adventures, parental pride, parental disappointment, fitting in, heroes vs. sidekicks, family, love, science, technology.

MESSAGE - Brawn and brains make the most valuable combination. Don't give up on your real friends in order to run around with the "cool" clique.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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