Parents' Guide to

Eddie the Eagle

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Crowd-pleasing underdog story gets a little racy.

Movie PG-13 2016 105 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 14+

Would have been a great family movie....

This was an inspiring movie that was a fun one to watch with our teens. One scene (coach explaining how to jump) was incredibly distasteful and should have been left out. We watched the movie before reading the reviews and we could/should have fast-forwarded the scene. Other than that our family enjoyed the movie.
age 11+

Inspirational Movie

An outstanding movie based on a true story! It is a great family movie. It only has one sex reference, with the coach making sexual noises, but it’s vague and quite inaccurate so many kids wouldn’t even understand it, so don’t worry! This movie really captures the art of the Winter Olympics and is a great inspiration to many others!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (16 ):

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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