80 FOR BRADY – Review by T.J. Callahan
80 For Brady: At least Tom has something to look forward to this February.
Welcome to AARP Theater. When the median age of the four female stars of a movie is 84, expect a lot of old timer jokes along with flirting, fumbling and finally inspiration. That’s exactly what you get if your game plan includes 80 For Brady, the inspired by true events story of four New England Patriot fans who decide to go to Super Bowl 51 in Houston to see their beloved Tom Brady play in person.
The real life counterparts called their crew ‘Over 80 for Brady’ and, while they cheered wildly for “that gorgeous man”, they never got to meet him or go to the big game. In 80 For Brady, that is the quest…win tickets from a local sports show, fly down to the Bayou City and have the time of what’s left of their lives…because, you know, they’re not getting any younger.
Who better to get to gush over the King of the QB’s is Hollywood royalty — icons Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno. At 91, Moreno has more energy than I did at 31. These legends didn’t come to sit on the sidelines, they came to score a box office hit. As Field says, “older women are really interesting.” Apparently Paramount and co-producer Tom Brady thought so too.
80 For Brady is as much about the gridiron gladiolas as it is about remembering the Patriots miraculous come from behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in NRG Stadium. Actual footage from the game is used. There’s got to be something to excite the men when their better halves drag them to see this film.
Without these screen gems, 80 For Brady would just be another first quarter silly comedy. Not that it isn’t silly, but Fonda, Tomlin, Field and Moreno move the chains with less penalties.
Since the cost of movies and snacks are almost as expensive as Super Bowl tickets, you may want to catch this fan fest for the senior citizen discount, but really, a film full of G.O.A.T.’s can’t be all that baaaaad.