A sick feeling starts to set in the moment the opening credits announce Songs by Smash Mouth, and it doesnt ease up much during the sub-superheroic antics that follow. Sky High already used the principal idea from Jason Lethcoes Zooms Academy books -- a Harry Potter-like school for superheroes located above the clouds -- so the movie proceeds to ignore the source material almost completely, relocating the action to a secret military installation known as Area 52 (thats about as funny as it gets, folks). Tim Allen gamely brings some humanity to the role of the retired, powerless hero Captain Zoom, but is thwarted at every turn by bad special effects, slapdash editing, interminable pop-song montages, and a goofy performance by Courteney Cox. Zooms goal is to train four kids (Spencer Breslin, Kate Mara, Michael Cassidy, and Ryan Newman) to develop their powers in time to fight an oncoming supervillain, but the bad guy doesnt even show up until the very end. Meanwhile, theres product placement so egregious that one of the characters is actually named Mr. Pibb.
Peter HewittTim Allen, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Chevy Chase, Kevin Zegers, Aaron Abrams, Kate Mara, Spencer Breslin, Rip TornAdam Rifkin, David Berenbaum, Jason Lethcoe, Tim Allen, Matt CarrollTodd Garner, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne ToddSony Pictures