Every single week I clean my apartment. I am actually becoming more and more anal about it as I get older. While I clean, I always put in a movie as nice background noise. One of my favorites to put in, but always a dangerous choice is Sky High. It’s dangerous because I find myself stopping to watch certain parts and inevitably end up sitting through the whole last half not cleaning at all.
I am actually one of the few people who can admit to seeing Sky High in the theater. I went with a friend to the Brickyard 400 a few years back and we stayed with her aunt and uncle. We entertained her little cousin one day by taking her to town and going to the movies. Sky High was the kid’s movie that sounded the least boring. I was not excited because from the commercials on tv I thought it looked cheap (see: the costumes and cheesy special effects) and a total rip off of all the big superhero movies that had just come out. Well, my friend’s cousin loved it, my friend hated it, but I secretly adored it!!!!
The story is about Will Stronghold, the son of the two greatest superheroes ever, going off to Sky High for his freshman year. Will is played by Michael Angarano who is (or was, I can never keep up with these things) famous for being Kristen Stewart’s real life boyfriend, and being in the same movie as Lindsay and Amber: The Final Season. The only problem is he doesn’t have any powers yet.
First of all, this movie is hilarious!!!! The adult cast is pitch perfect. Kurt Russell as Will’s dad is so great! He is clueless and arrogant and kind of dumb and it is wonderful. Dave Foley as Mr. Boy is soooooo funny, but Dave Foley is funny in everything he does. But best of all is that Farva from SuperTroopers plays Ron Wilson, Bus Driver!!! (By the way, did you know there is going to be a SuperTroopers 2!!!!!)
I also love all the kids in the movie. Zack who glows, Magenta who turns into a guinea pig, and Ethan who melts are all so cute! But Layla is probably my favorite. She gets to wear really cool clothes, her power is manipulating plants, and her mom can talk to animals!!! I totally want to be Layla. But if I could pick any power, I would probably want to have the ability to duplicate another person’s appearance and masquerade around as them. Hmmmmm, who would I be……..?
The one thing I really love about this movie, and it is kind of silly, but I can’t help it, is that when Will gets his powers and is swept up in the popular crowd, he doesn’t become a jerk. The standard formula in these movies is to have the main character get all popular, abandon their old friends and start to act like a total asshat (see: Mean Girls). Will doesn’t do that, which is so refreshing. He does get a little overwhelmed by everything, but he never acts like a jerk.
I think that everyone should watch this movie because it is so fantastic!!! If you like high school movies, superhero movies, or funny movies, this is something you will enjoy. It also has the best character name ever: Warren Peace (who also happens to be really hot, and WELL over 18 so it’s okay). Here are some of my favorite quotes from this awesome movie!
“There’s trouble downtown (duh duh DUH) Big. Trouble.”
“There is no smoking on school grounds…….or freezing or bursting into flame.”
“Sidekicks will please stop ordering hero sandwiches.”
“Way to go Popsicle.”
While watching a dummy get sliced up during the save the citizen game: “Do you remember when we used to use real citizens?”
“Oh. My. God. I made out with an old lady.”
And then, probably one of my favorite last lines from any movie ever (a little spoiler-y, but if you don’t know what’s going to happen after the first 15 minutes then you haven’t been paying attention): “In the end, my girlfriend became my arch enemy, my arch enemy became my best friend, and my best friend became my girlfriend. But hey, it’s high school.” Truer words were never spoken.
Here’s the trailer: