By Joe McGovern
Updated February 24, 2016 at 06:47 PM EST
Larry Horricks

British ski jumper Eddie Edwards placed last in two events at the 1988 Olympics. Yet he instantly became a beloved folk hero for epitomizing the Games’ inspirational just-do-it decree. And the movie version of his life, fittingly, is a massive vat of hot cocoa with a mountain of whipped cream on top—sweet and warm and made with a ­mission to satisfy everyone who takes a sip. Taron Egerton, the charmer from Kingsman: The Secret Service, plays Eddie with his innate charisma insulated by lots of dweeby waddling and facial twinges. The nerd posturing is oversimplistic, but Egerton clicks on screen with Hugh Jackman as a former Olympian named Bronson, who threw his ski tights away for dad jeans with a flask in the back pocket. Their father-son bonding provides Eddie the Eagle with two movie-affirming scenes: In one, ­Eddie is instructed by Bronson to fantasize about Bo Derek while skiing (cue Ravel’s Boléro), and in the other, Bronson is offered absolution by his estranged, off-kilter ­mentor (cue cameo by Christopher Walken). B

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