Movie Review: 80 For Brady (2023)
Synopsis: Lou and her four friends, Trish, Maura and Betty, became New England Patriot and Tom Brady fans back in 2001, when Lou was successfully defeating cancer. In 2017, Brady takes his team to another Super Bowl and Lou, believing her cancer might have returned, decides to secretly buy four tickets, pretending she won them in a contest, and go with her friends. The 80-year-old women discover the adventure of a lifetime, especially when they learn the tickets aren't real.
Who's in it? The movie stars Lily Tomlin, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Tom Brady.
Review: My wife was interested in seeing this movie when she first learned about it so, when I came across it on Paramount Plus, I made sure to add it to the list. We ended up watching it yesterday afternoon and I'll admit it was better than I expected.
There are some things about this movie that are a bit predictable. For example, as soon as the "responsible one," Betty (Fields), was put in charge of the tickets, we knew what was going to happen. Plus, there are times when this movie feels like an advertisement for the National Football League. However, there is a lot to like as well.
Some of the adventures they get themselves into are very entertaining, whether it's the women breaking a sleeping Maura (Moreno) out of her retirement home or the friends posing as halftime show dancers to sneak inside the stadium. The group accidentally getting high at a party was a little goofy but still funny as well.
Another thing I really liked about the movie was how each of the women was given her own story. This is the type of film that could have easily had the four be clones of each other, but they had distinctive personalities and their own personal demons they were attempting to work out. Betty had an overly dependent husband, Maura was still grieving hers, Lou (Tomlin) had her health scare and Trish (Fonda) had a problem with falling in love too easily.
I also was surprisingly impressed with how the film used the real-life Super Bowl LI drama and incorporated it into the plot in a way that made the movie connected to the big New England Patriot comeback. It gave the movie a nice feel-good moment (albeit a bit farfetched) and really brought things together at the end.
Final Opinion: To tell you the truth, I thought this was going to be one of those movies my wife loved, and I would be bored watching. However, it ended up being a unique, entertaining and funny film. I highly recommend taking the time to watch it.
My Grade: A
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