Eddie the Eagle

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Crowd-pleasing underdog story gets a little racy.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 105 minutes
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

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age 10+
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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Some ski jumpers get injured during training and at the Olympics. Eddie winds up in the hospital after breaking some bones.

Sex

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.

Language

Occasional use of words including "s--t," "git," "sod," "arse," "bloody," etc.

Consumerism

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.

What 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. 

User Reviews

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Parent Written byDan G. February 26, 2016

Too much sexual humor for 12 years old, it is a PG-13 movie

An entertaining story about a likable hero trying to attain what many are telling him is impossible. After seeing it by myself, I decided not to take my 11 yea... Continue reading
Adult Written byMatthewM 2 February 29, 2016

Good story ruined

Like so many inspirational stories, that could have been great for the whole family, it is ruined by the Hollywood need to add sexual innuendo and perverted tal... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAge critical reviews February 26, 2016
Teen, 15 years old Written byPipeCine July 22, 2016

The Comedy/Drama Movie of The Year

If you have ever heard the name "Eddie the Eagle" or don't, you have a mandatory appointment in April to see the dramatic feat of the year so far... Continue reading

What's the story?

EDDIE THE EAGLE is the story of how working-class British ski jumper Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton) spent his entire life dreaming of making it to the Olympics and managed, through an unlikely series of events, to make it happen. After failing to conquer sport after sport, young Eddie, who once overcame a physical disability, becomes proficient in downhill skiing in the mid-'80s, but the UK's Olympic Committee refuses to allow him to compete for a spot on the team. Serendipitously, Eddie discovers that Britain hasn't sent a ski-jumper to the games since the '20s and realizes that a loophole will allow him to compete as long as he successfully completes one qualifying jump in competition. Eddie uses his family's savings to move to Germany and train at Europe's ski-jumping center. There he meets skeptical Scandinavians who all but laugh at him and one curmudgeonly American, Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), who happens to be a former U.S. ski-jumping champion. Bronson reluctantly agrees to take Eddie under his tutelage and helps him train for his dream, the joy of competing in the Olympics.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of sports biopics like Eddie the Eagle. What makes athletes such compelling subjects?

  • How does the movie portray drinking? Do the characters who drink too much face consequences? Why is that important?

  • Is Eddie a role model? How does he demonstrate perseverance and courage? Why are these important character strengths?

  • Do you think the filmmakers portray events and people exactly as they happened/were? Why might facts sometimes be changed in movies based on true stories?

  • Why did some of Eddie's critics think he was mocking the sport? Do Olympians who know going in that they'll be in the bottom of the pack still deserve to be there?

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