A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Courage and perseverance are major themes. Positive messages about how to reach your goals, making dreams come true through hard work and determination, and not allowing naysayers to get you down. Also shows how competitors help one another get better in their sport.
Positive Role Models
Eddie is determined to attend the Olympics and doggedly pursues his goal despite incredible odds. When the Olympic committee makes it even harder to qualify, Eddie continues to improve his ability and gets in. He embodies the spirit of loving the sport and the competition, even if he comes in last. Bronson sees beyond the goofy facade to the dedication within Eddie and helps him train for the Olympics. Eddie's mother is supportive of his dreams.
Violence & Scariness
Some ski jumpers get injured during training and at the Olympics. Eddie winds up in the hospital after breaking some bones.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
More is suggested than shown: Bronson encourages Eddie to think of his ski jumping as lovemaking, with an emphasis on making the same noise during his "release." A ski jumper makes a joke about how many women he can have. A pub owner propositions Eddie, who doesn't seem comfortable with her advances. In one scene, the Norwegian ski jump team is all naked and taking a sauna together; their bare chests and legs are visible. The lead ski jumper makes a joke that if he couldn't jump, he'd spend all his time having sex.
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Occasional use of words including "s--t," "git," "sod," "arse," "bloody," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Burton, Fischer ski equipment.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking, particularly at pubs but also at home. Eddie refrains but is encouraged to do shots the night before the Olympics opening ceremony. Cigarette smoking. Bronson is a borderline alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good biopic set in the 1980s about the unlikeliest of Olympians, England's Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), who dreamed of representing his country at the Olympics all his life and stopped at nothing to achieve that goal. While more is suggested than shown, there are some innuendos and sexual references, and a pub owner propositions Eddie. In one scene, a group of naked ski jumpers takes a sauna together; their bare chests and legs are visible. Language isn't frequent but includes occasional use of "s--t," "arse," "bloody," "ass," and the like; there are also a couple of scenes in which athletes get injured and/or are hospitalized. Adults smoke and drink in pubs (one drinks so often that the movie seems to suggest he's an alcoholic). Ultimately the story is an inspiring one of determination, courage in the face of overwhelming odds, discipline, and the spirit of the Olympics. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Egerton and Jackman are charming enough to make this feel-good biopic about lovable underdog Eddie Edwards a sweet, if a bit generic, treat. As he did in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Egerton again plays a working-class English bloke who winds up doing something extraordinary. Egerton plays down his considerable polish to appear more like the slightly goofy-looking Eddie; he inhabits the character with the earnestness and guileless discipline that you'd believe is historically accurate. And Jackman's hard-drinking Bronson is the ideal foil -- a man jaded and angry at how he long ago threw away his own Olympic promise.
Director Dexter Fletcher stays true to the Eddie the Eagle's predictable underdog plotine: there are comical-but-inspiring training montages, an ongoing suggestive joke about how ski-jumping is like sex (it's all about the release), and intimidating antagonists (in this case, Eddie's father -- who thinks he's wasting his time pursuing an impossible dream -- as well as the Scandinavians and the snobby British Olympic officials, who are offended by Eddie's belief that he deserves his place among the Olympians). While it's not quite Rocky -- the portrayal of Eddie is a bit too vanilla to qualify as well rounded -- this is a simple, sweet story about one man who defied the odds to make his dreams come true.
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