Eddie the Eagle is the story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, a young man with a life-long goal of becoming an Olympic athlete. Many kids dream of someday earning Olympic gold but in Eddie’s case, it seemed as if his chances were slim to none. Health issues, financial struggles, and a non-supportive dad all seemed to ensure that Eddie would never reach his highest aspirations. But this movie is the story of an underdog (or two) so you know it does not end there.
Eddie the Eagle has everything that makes a good movie: a compelling story-line, humor, suspense, and drama. Eddie, endearingly portrayed by Taron Egerton, is a character that you will find yourself rooting for and, if you are like me, cheering out loud in the movie theater for. Eddie is reluctantly coached by Bronson Peary, played by Hugh Jackman. Jackman and Egerton do an incredible job with these characters and the audience can feel their camaraderie and share in the struggles they face.
Eddie the Eagle is appropriately rated PG-13 for partial nudity and suggestive material. The partial nudity involves a sauna and several naked ski jumpers. The scene is more awkward and funny than inappropriate and all the right parts are covered by cleverly placed objects. The strongest suggestive material in the film is a scene in which Jackman uses the analogy of making love to a movie star to teach Eddie how to land a jump. The scene is funny but may be inappropriate for younger children. As I always say, know your child.
Overall, the film was very entertaining and I highly recommend it. Eddie the Eagle is a feel good movie that will make you laugh, cheer, groan, and at times it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Go watch this movie and be sure to bring a friend.
Eddie the Eagle
Release: February 26, 2016
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Screenplay: Sean Macaulay
Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Adam Bohling, David Reid, Rupert Maconick, Valerie Van Galder
Cast: Taron Egerton, Christopher Walken, and Hugh Jackman
Disclaimer: I attended a media screening of this movie. All opinions are my own.