80 FOR BRADY Review — A Winsome Team

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Lisa Johnson Mandell’s 80 for Brady review asks how can you not like a film about four glorious golden girls doting on a one of America’s greatest quarterbacks? Unless you’re a New York fan…

80 for Brady review80 for Brady is really a critic-proof film. No matter what the pundits say, those who will see it will see it, and those who will not will not.

And that’s okay. Sometimes, it’s enough just to be a good natured movie with its heart in the right place. Every film doesn’t have to be a viable awards contender. Some films make a lot of profit and do a lot of good just by being entertaining and engaging.

And how could it not be, when you have four beloved actresses like Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Lily Tomlin and Rita Moreno, all focusing on America’s real life G.O.A.T.?

As you’ve doubtless heard by now, the film, based on a true story, revolves around  these four, game golden girls (all but one are over 80, hence the title), whose warm and steadfast friendship transcends all.

They’ve been getting together to watch every Patriots game for decades, and in 2017, they win a quartet of Super Bowl tickets and embark on a raucous trip to Huston to watch their hero Tom Brady and the Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons for the NFL championship.

It’s basically an octogenarian road trip movie, with indulgences like drinking, drugs, gambling and flirting thrown in for spice—and there’s a surprising and splendorous amount of spice, considering who’s indulging.

Field is the most relatable, Moreno is the spunkiest, Fonda is the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous and Tomlin is, well, a little too acerbic to be the warm, squishy heart of the film. It’s the one casting glitch. Wondering why Diane Keaton didn’t make the cut?

But it’s such a fine spirited movie it’s easy to forgive its lackadaisical pacing, sitcom-like setups and silly conceits. The women are at their best, and if Brady seems a bit out of his league, that’s okay. In real life, would you expect a superlative pro football player to be in his element surrounded by four lusty grannies?

80 for Brady is a great excuse to take your mom, grandma, doting aunt, next-door neighbor, etc. to the movies—unless she’s a New York fan. In that case, take her to see Elvis.

Rated PG-13

1 Hour 38 Minutes

If Lisa Johnson Mandell’s 80 for Brady review makes you want to sprint off the field and into your nearest cineplex, get times and tickets at Fandango.com.

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s 80 for Brady review asks how can you not like a film about four glorious golden girls doting on a one of America’s greatest quarterbacks? Unless you’re a New York fan…

 

 

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and seen on Rotten Tomatoes. She is the author of three bestselling books, and spends as much of her free time as possible with her husband Jim and her jolly therapy Labradoodle Frankie Feldman.

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