If 80 for Brady Attracting groups of more than 55 people from flat screens in living rooms to movie theaters, it won’t be for camaraderie. Those are offered in a literal almost shocking way, but at least in an economical way. The fascination of this movie is all about the chemistry of the power quartet and its potential to create comic sparks, and on that front, the starry conversation of Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field deliver.
They play longtime friends who have found a lifelong love of football — specifically, the Patriots team led by Tom Brady — and in 2017 they made the trip from Massachusetts to Texas to see his team. they compete in the Super Bowl. Football fans will know that this is no ordinary year for the sport; the rest of us will be enlightened. With Brady producing as well as playing himself (with unnecessary charm) and the NFL providing dynamic footage of the game, there’s no question of authenticity on the grid front.
80 for Brady
Football fandom is optional.
Release date: Friday, February 3
Cast: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Tom Brady, Billy Porter, Rob Corddry, Alex Moffat, Guy Fieri, Harry Hamlin, Bob Balaban, Glynn Turman, Sara Gilbert, Ron Funches
Manager: Kyle Marvin
Writer: Sarah Haskins, Emily Halpern
1 hour 38 minutes
As for the story itself, most of it isn’t set in a stadium, it’s a different mix of everyday reality, sweet and silly, situational comedy, and pure cult fantasy — the who is worshiped, understandably, its glorious heroines. Written by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, whose previous team work includes Carol’s Second Act and Smart bookand directed by Kyle Marvin, an independent producer (mountain climbing) directed his first film, 80 for Brady lays out all its plays right on the surface, sometimes slowly. It is when Marvin steps back and relaxes his stars that the film finds traction, delighting in their skill at injecting sophisticated expert details into clear-cut contexts.
The central characters are each given a cross. Moreno’s Maura, recently widowed, has put her life on hold at a posh retirement community called Calm Gardens, where a fellow resident (Glynn Turman) has a crush on her. Field’s Betty, a retired MIT math professor who brings a logician’s analysis to group mischiefs, is long married and suffers from the poverty of her sassy husband (Bob Balaban) ). Fonda, in candy pink lipstick and an assortment age-worthy wigs, play Trish, serial monogamy, a one-time TV commercial mascot who writes football-themed romance novels and has a knack for falling in love with the wrong person. As Lou, the group’s so-called quarterback, Tomlin is a cancer survivor with a caring daughter (Sara Gilbert). She’s also the reason the women are so devoted to Brady and Pats, whose grit on the field proved to be inspirational as she went through chemotherapy.
The script captures how superstition holds rational people in the name of their sports team’s devotion. Every time they gather to watch a Patriots game, Lou and her teammates go the extra mile to recreate what they’re doing in her living room on the occasion of the Pats’ decisive victory. As local sports broadcasters Nat and Pat, Alex Moffat and Rob Corddry continue to capture the emotional extremes of fans (and also give the always problematic Bay State voice a believable shot; the only other actor to try was Tomlin, with the vowel slightly tilted here and there).
Through a ticket contest and a series of messy events for plot purposes but also unnecessarily confusing, four friends travel to Houston to watch the Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons. For reasons Lou won’t reveal to her friends, this Super Bowl is of great importance to her; Hiding her health concerns, she considers the need to go perhaps the last time they watch 39-year-old Brady compete.
With the words “80 for Brady” printed on their jerseys—despite Betty repeatedly reminding them that she was only 75—the women explored the NFL Experience theme park for its attractions before As the match began, their achievements included the hot wings challenge represented by Guy Fieri and a high-stakes poker game in which Maura faced off against the masters played by Billy Porter, Patton Oswalt and Played by Retta. Trish tries to resist the flirting of a former NFL champion (Harry Hamlin is perhaps the world’s most controversial soccer player), Betty shares some weird and vulnerable moments with someone loves to party (Matt Lauria), and notably accidentally ingests marijuana, leading to Tomlin and Field’s priceless jumps. With Moreno on board, another dance sequence makes for a simple bid and wins at a slide show.
At its sharpest, Halpern and Haskins’ script gives the cast some fantastically funny lines—a bit of a bargain between Moreno’s Maura and a speculator is a highlight. But even without, these four easily enhance the material with unforced reading and natural rotation, especially Tomlin. She manages to withstand the most grotesque passages of the script, regarding Lou’s spiritual connection to Brady, who speaks to her from TV screens and billboards with words of encouragement, a favor that she will eventually repay with her own timely motivational talk.
It’s even more interesting to watch the quartet fool a Calm Gardens employee (Jimmy O. Yang) and then the stadium facilities manager (Ron Funches). Given how witty the central performances can be, it’s too bad the screenwriters and Marvin didn’t push the absurdity factor up more. There’s no need to supplement the comic book framework with comforting affirmations when these actors bring such accomplishment and well-deserved affection to their roles; they’re rooted in hobby from the start, above all, that’s the point of this cinematic valentine.
To that end, John Toll’s cinematography, Wynn Thomas’ production design, and John Debney’s score all cater to Allyson B. Fanger’s discreet performances and colorful costumes. exalt rather than highlight the characters. Book a real return that defies the odds, 80 for Brady It’s not a scoring tool for all ages, but it does create a goal as it counts.
Production company: Paramount Pictures, Fifth Season, Endeavor Content, Tempesta Films, 199 Productions, Watch This Ready
Actors: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Tom Brady, Billy Porter, Rob Corddry, Alex Moffat, Guy Fieri, Harry Hamlin, Bob Balaban, Glynn Turman, Sara Gilbert, Ron Funches, Jimmy O. Yang, Matt Lauria, Sally Kirkland, Andy Richter, Marshawn Lynch, Patton Oswalt, Retta
Director: Kyle Marvin
Screenwriters: Sarah Haskins, Emily Halpern
Producers: Donna Gigliotti, Tom Brady
Executive Producers: Jeff Stott, Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin
Director of Photography: John Toll
Production Designer: Wynn Thomas
Costume Designer: Allyson B. Fanger
Editor: Colin Patton
Music: John Debney
Actors: Matthew Maisto, Deedra Ricketts, Victoria Thomas
1 hour 38 minutes