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Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle
Taron Egerton, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Iris Berben and Hugh Jackman

Rated: PG-13 for some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: February 28, 2016 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Eddie The Eagle is a rather standard uplifting sport success story for an underdog.  At the same time it is sufficiently enjoyable to watch due to the performers and the touch of reality it depicts. 

Taron Egerton ( Legend and Kingsmen) shows a different range in a film that has more comedy than drama.  He is supported quite well by Hugh Jackman who plays the mentor that comes along after a while to help Eddie when he understands the commitment the young athlete makes to being an Olympian.  Eddie struggled as a kid with an accident that harmed one of his legs but with a  determined fascination with the Olympics he refuses to give up no matter what the barriers are.  

His parents as it appears to be  are usual for this style of film differ on Eddie's goals.  Mom is with him urging he to go for it and Dad wanting him to go to work in the plaster shop he works. We expect Dad to eventually come around with even minor success by Eddie.  

Iris Berben an attractive older woman offers to visit Eddie in the night if he is interested, but Eddie has only one interest.  His courage and determination as the heart of the story.  

The established British Olympic Committee is opposed to allowing Eddie to become an Olympian and they place barriers in front of him which he is not expected to achieve but at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics he becomes a hero and leaves everyone with good feeling.  His one supporter other than his coach is is the BBC commentator played by Jim Broadbent.  

Don't expect too much but look for Eddie to please everyone at the end.  

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