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(2005), PG [PG*] (1hr 33min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Max Stronghold Productions Inc., Gunn Films, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Mike Mitchell
Producer(s): Andrew Gunn, Mario Iscovich, Ann Marie Sanderlin
Written by: Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle
Cinematography/Camera: Shelly Johnson
Music: Michael Giacchino
Film Editing: Peter Amundson
Casting: Allison Jones
Production Design: Bruce Robert Hill
Art Direction: William Hawkins
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Mom can fly. Dad has superstength. Son has no super powers at all. But should. Maybe. Only one other son of super-parents had no super powers at all. That was Ron Wilson, Bus Driver.
The Stronghold family: dad Steve (Kurt Russell), a.k.a. Commander; mom Josie, a.k.a. Jetstream (Kelly Preston); son William Theodore (Michael Angarano), a.k.a Will each live secret lives. Mom and dad run a realty company in their mild-mannered lives. Will does his best to protect the secret of his parents. But Will has to start High School, the most socially invasive environment known to man (at least according to Hollywood).
Fourteen year old Will is off to Sky High, a high school in the sky for children of super-hero parents. In the sky? How is Will to get there since he cannot fly? Not to worry. Bus Driver Ron Wilson (Kevin Heffernan) has a secret, too.
Since this is being posted before the first showing, I will not reveal much of the plot which is strangely akin to Spy Kids only older and with super powers without all the gadgets. Sky High is a fun action romp through a fantasy world of super powers of diversity.
Some of the super powers include an ability to make plants grow really fast, "flame-on" power to throw fireballs, an ability to turn into a two-ton rock boy, an ability to change into a pool of multi-colored slime, an ability to glow, an ability to yell really loud and other quite ingenious concoctions of super powers. One had powers like Morph of Treasure Planet to make a dozen of herself.
Since Will has no powers he was given the status of sidekick by Coach Boomer (Bruce Campbell) while all the kids with big super powers were given the status of heroes. That set the stage for social dissonance and brutality, which is one of the features which made this a delightful romp with an ability to bite moral ethics.
Other morally biting features included "Bite me" by Magenta (Kelly Vitz) who could shape shift into a guinea pig, attempted murder by Warren Peace (Steven Strait) who could "flame on" and throw fireballs, choking to manipulate by Royal Pain (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, also playing student body president Gwen Grayson), a father's inattention to his son and tormenting of other kids by Lash (Jake Sandvig) who could stretch and Speed (Will Harris) who had superspeed [Is. 59:7, Prov. 10:23].
Though it is unlikely the target age stratum of this film will have any idea about the old TV series "Wonder Woman", Lynda Carter provides wisdom and grace amidst the adolescent social warfare as Principal Powers who could change into a meteor.
Note that none of the portrayals of super powers were wielded to portray witchcraft, sorcery or the like but such was still incorporated into Offense to God due to the portrayal of super powers to do harm and/or control others. As our Director - Child Psychology Support reported: "Kids who revere Harry [Potter] can't help to notice their own impotence by comparison, and yearn for the antidote that having 'magical powers' would provide." The same applies to the "antidote" having super powers would provide. Some powers were, however, portrayed to manipulate, control and do harm (kill) and were incorporated into the scoring of the film under Wanton Violence/Crime and/or Impudence/hate, the two investigation areas with the greatest point losses.
Sky High earned a score of 73 which places it in the lower half in the range of scores earned by PG movies (86 to 68) in the comparative baseline database. However, the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area revealed enough to give the violence content an equivalence to the violence content of many PG-13 films. And the Impudence/hate earned a score equivalent to some R-rated films due not to the severity of any examples of impudence and/or hate but due to the magnitude of the sheer number of examples (see CAP Rule of 1000), examples such as social brutality repeatedly and high school bully tormentings of the smaller repeatedly. Adolescent arrogance against fair authority is present, too, as is poor parenting.
There were no uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary noted but there were four uses of a crude term [Eph. 5:4]. As is typical of modern entertainment there were a number of instances of sexually oriented programming such as teen gamming, dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, and implications such as [mother to father and son] "Not so long ago you two were swimming naked in the kiddie pool." [1Ths. 4:3]
Please consider inspecting the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether to take your family to see this film
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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