(2016) (Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A young man tries to overcome various obstacles and the long odds of participating in the Winter Olympics as a ski jumper.
- Ever since he was a kid, Eddie Edwards (TARON EGERTON) has dreamed of participating in the Olympics, much to the chagrin of his working class dad, Terry (KEITH ALLEN), although his mom, Janette (JO HARTLEY), has always been supportive of his dreams. Unfortunately, those choosing England's downhill ski team for the 1988 Olympics don't believe he's Olympic material. Briefly dismayed and dejected but then coming upon a novel idea, the skier decides he'll be Britain's first ski jumper in more than six decades, and the first to represent his country in the Winter Games.
With little knowledge about that sport, he heads to a German ski jump facility where the likes of champion Matti Nykanen (EDVIN ENDRE) practices with his team and looks down on the neophyte. While middle-aged local bar owner Petra (IRIS BERBEN) finds the young man enticing off the slopes, Bronson Peary (HUGH JACKMAN) doesn't want any part of him from a skiing standpoint. He's a former Olympic hopeful who trained under legendary coach Warren Sharp (CHRISTOPHER WALKEN), but threw his chances away and now lives as an alcoholic who makes a living grooming the facility's slopes.
When Eddie learns of his past, he wants Bronson to be his coach, and eventually manages to convince him to help out, with that role growing over time. Yet, with the British Olympic committee being against Eddie's participation, not to mention his lack of experience in the sport, the young, determined and generally optimistic man must overcome the long odds and all sorts of obstacles in order to participate in the games.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those who like underdog-based sports movies might show some interest, particularly if they're into skiing or are fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking.
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