One can sit back, relax, and enjoy 80 for Brady, understanding that nothing here makes sense in terms like “might happen” or even “should happen.” Just as all fairy tales should, this movie lives in the land of “wouldn’t it be wonderful.”
I had no idea this was based on a true story but I have to say this is an incredible movie with heart-warming segments and a greatly inspiring message! I was enthused and enjoyed every minute! Stellar work from a great cast and it was worth every second. I was not at all expecting what was delivered but I did think it would be funny and cute, however, it was so much more than that. There is a beautiful story at play here. One of overcoming, friendship, love and believing in yourself as you go after your dreams to LIVE life. If there is one thing that Tom Brady has done in his career it is inspire people to do that and this movie and story is one for the history books! Fantastic!
IN A NUTSHELL:
Some of Hollywood’s top leading ladies come together to celebrate their friendship, aging gracefully, and cheering on their favorite football player. The story is about a group of friends who travel to the Super Bowl in order to meet NFL star Tom Brady.
The goofy flick was directed by Kyle Marvin. The writers were Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins.
THINGS I LIKED:
The award-winning cast is adorable together and includes Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field. Between the four leading ladies, they have 12 Oscar nominations and 5 wins! They have great chemistry together and look like they’re having a blast. It’s great to see older actresses still starring in movies.
Sally’s character keeps reminding the others that she is NOT in her 80s. She tells them she’s only 75, which was her real age at the time of filming the movie. She and Jane Fonda were both nominated for an Oscar at the same time; Sally won.
Jane Fonda’s hair always looks incredible. In the movie, we see that they’re all wigs.
Other celebrities make an appearance such as Patton, Billy Porter, Harry Hamlin, Sara Gilbert, Jimmy O. Yang, Glynn Turman, and Guy Fieri (Lilly Tomlin’s character described him as a flaming hot Cheeto.)
You’ll love seeing some of today’s big football players interact with the cast: Rob Gronkowski.
Anyone would be so lucky to have friends like these who share a passion together.
We get to see old clips of Tom Brady playing football, as well as see him in the current day as a member of the cast. Even if you’re not a Tom Brady fan or football fan, you’ll still get a kick out of this loving tribute to true sports fans, as well as aging with grace and hope like the women in the movie.
There’s a scene where one of the characters trades jerseys with Tom Brady. He makes a comment about how he can’t find his, which is a reference to when his jersey was stolen in real life after a Super Bowl game.
There are some cute jokes that mostly older people will laugh at.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:
The plot is paper thin and predictable.
Not all of the humor lands.
TIPS FOR PARENTS:
Some profanity and 1 F-bomb.
There are a lot of sexual innuendoes.
Kids will be bored.
Good company is the name of the game here, both in the nourishing bond between these geriatric besties as well as the chance for us to spend another 100 minutes in the presence of showbiz royalty. But for all its congenial upbeatitude, this salute to blue-hair camaraderie has been molded into the shape of a movie without much finesse.
There are a few chuckles sprinkled here and there, but for a movie about football it doesn’t seem to know all that much about football (certain scenes that transpire during the Super Bowl are cartoonishly implausible), and the four primary characters are rather thinly drawn.
Hey, Streamers! Just in time for *wink* “The Big Game” *wink* next week, a new sports movie rushes its way into theaters. While the newly-re-retired Tom Brady will not be making another appearance at *wink* “The Big Game” *wink*, he does loom large on *wink* The Big Screen *wink*. (See what I did there!?!?) Anyway, Tom’s retired contemporaries are celebrating their obsession for him in 80 for Brady. Here’s how these golden girls tackled it.
80 for Brady is inspired by a true story about four friends who got together weekly to watch their favorite quarterback dominate while he was on the New England Patriots. In the movie, it’s 2017 and Lou (Lily Tomlin), Trish (Jane Fonda), Betty (Sally Field) and Maura (Rita Moreno) get together every week to watch football, specifically Tom Brady. As the Patriots win the AFC Championship that year, Lou decides that they should make the trip to *wink* “The Big Game” *wink* because neither they nor Tom are getting any younger. Despite the high cost, the friends concoct a scheme to make their “life-long” dream come true. Geriatric hijinks ensue.
Look, I was in the tank for this movie from the first trailer. Tomlin, Fonda, Field and Moreno are acting legends and many times they are the best parts of whatever movie or TV show they’re in. All of them together was bound to be a homerun – I know, wrong sport. They do not disappoint. Each one gets a chance to shine with good comedic and tender moments. They all are bringing effervescence and fun. They are believable as friends, and they can spin gold, or at least silver, out of what could be subpar comedy. Outside of this core four, there are other notable appearances by Glynn Turman, Billy Porter and Bob Balaban, who make the most of small roles.
If it weren’t for the ladies of Brady, this movie would have been a fumble – see, I got that one. The story is predictable. The motivation for going to the game is easily guessed. The mode of getting to the game is pretty obvious. We already know the outcome of the game, so that’s no surprise. All of the plotting would be boring but for the stellar ensemble. Additionally, these jokes and situations can get corny, with a capital “C.” Some of these set ups you can see coming from a mile away, which is why this movie needed 3 Oscar winners and a comedy legend to sell it. They absolutely sold the hijinks and zaniness of the situation. Moreover, luckily, nothing is too embarrassing or cringy, so generally even the corny stuff is funny. It all leads to a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Aside: I will note that Tom Brady has a few acting moments that made be think, “Stick to your day job, sir.”
Ultimately, 80 for Brady is a very cute and fun movie. It has an excellent ensemble of legendary actresses who are selling the good time. If you are a fan of these ladies, then you will have a great time from beginning to end, but really, the story is pretty basic and can be corny. This comedy is the epitome **** time at a matinee with a bowl of popcorn, then shuffle over to your early bird dinner.
Will my Abuela enjoy it? Yes. Will a whole lot of other people? Probably not. And that's okay. Listen, I'll say this. The look of confusion that the ticket clerk had when two teenage **** came up and asked with full seriousness, "two tickets to 80 for Brady, please" was enough for me to have a great time.