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80 for Brady

also known as “Eighty for Brady,” “80 pour Brady”
MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for brief strong language, some drug content and some suggestive references.
Moral Rating: Not Recommended
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Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Comedy Drama Sports
Length: 1 hr. 38 min.
Year of Release: 2023
USA Release: February 3, 2023 (wide release)
DVD: May 2, 2023
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Friendship between older women

American football in the NFL (National Football League)

Super Bowl

New England Patriots team

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Featuring Rita MorenoMaura
Jane FondaTrish
Sally FieldBetty
Lily TomlinLou
Harry HamlinDan
Patton OswaltBrisket
Sally KirklandIda
Tom BradyTom Brady
Bob BalabanMark
Glynn Turman
Sara GilbertSara
Billy PorterGugu
Jimmy O. YangTony
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Director Kyle Marvin
Producer 199 Productions
Fifth Season
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Distributor Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.Paramount Pictures Corporation, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A group of friends made it their life-long mission to go to the Super Bowl and meet NFL superstar Tom Brady. The movie is inspired by the true story of 4 best friends and New England Patriots fans who take a life-changing trip to Super Bowl LI to see their hero Tom Brady play, and the chaos that ensues as they navigate the wilds of the biggest sporting event in the country.

In 2017, Lou, Trish, Maura, and Betty are four best friends who are massive fans of the New England Patriots, particularly the team's star quarterback Tom Brady, having become fans in 2001 while celebrating Lou's successful completion of chemotherapy. 15 years later, the four women are celebrating the Patriots' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game and make plans for the Super Bowl LI watch party. Lou floats the idea of actually going to the Super Bowl in person, but the other women are not interested due to the prohibitive cost. However, a local sports radio show runs a competition for free tickets, and the foursome enter by sharing the stories of their Patriots fandom.”

  • Vulgar/Crude language: Heavy— • “Let’s f**king go!” • “You son of a b*tch” • “Gronk erotica” • “How are your bowels?” • “Scr*w this” • “That s*cks” • S-words (3)
  • Alcohol/Drugs: Heavy— • Wine drinking • Beers • Drinking at party • Comment about presence of drugs and cocaine • Comment about marijuana • Women unknowingly get high eating drugged gummies
  • Profane language: Moderately Heavy— • “Oh my G*d” (25) • G*d (13) • “D*mn” (7) • H*ll (3) • “Good L*rd”
  • Sex: Moderately Heavy— • Comment about “sexy fan fiction” • Comment about football players wearing tight pants piling on top of each other, sweaty • Woman repeatedly calls her fanny pack a “strap-on” • Woman fan writes comments about something being a very sexual time for her • Woman’s romance novel refers to football player who “took her” (the woman) on the field • Suggestion that there may be a “Eyes Wide Shut”-like orgy party going on • Woman and player are caught making out
  • Nudity: • Cleavage • Shirtless man
  • Violence: Minor
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Positive
Positive—I took my wife, somewhat unwillingly, yet thoroughly enjoyed this movie. There are parts that are mildly crude. Very little language, mostly just a good story about friendship, growing old, loss, life, and love. I went into it thinking I would be disappointed, yet went away glad I went. Based on a true story, Hollywood obviously took some liberties with the storyline, but overall a good movie for the older generation.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Dennis, age 69 (USA)

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Secular Movie Critics
…“80 for Brady” isn’t going to add to anyone’s long list of Oscar nominations, but it definitely moves the goalpost for the kind of movies audiences want to see. …Although “80 for Brady” does, at times, feel like an extended episode of a sitcom, first-time director Kyle Marvin knows how to move this breezy movie along—though there are a few missteps along the way. ……I hope…we get more female-oriented, age-defying movies like this. …
Amy Amatangelo, Paste Magazine
…a sports film fumble for the ages… Director Kyle Marvin fails to build any real tension as he frighteningly shifts from farce to cringe to melancholy, but real footage of the big game is nicely knitted into the second half. …the main heroines tread water in what can only be considered an after-school special for older people. …
Mark Kermode, Associated Press
…a wacky good time… a loosely structured hang movie, albeit one that culminates in a curiously affecting emotional climax. …a movie wise enough to be dumb, and blissfully heedless enough to suggest a party without end.
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
…“80 for Brady” is a good-natured effort, and that good nature keeps it from becoming hateable. But still, it’s fairly awful. …a waste of Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno…
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
…“80 For Brady” is undeniably a shiny piece of NFL propaganda, a film so in love with its own money-making apparatus that it’s hard not to find it at least somewhat evil. But the performances land and are often endearing, with all four women in particularly strong form. …Let’s be clear: “80 For Brady” is insane: …because there’s so rarely been a film that exists in total plausible deniability of its subject matter. This is a movie that has never heard of CTE, of Colin Kaepernick, of Deflategate, or the 2016 election for that matter. This is a 90-something minute Super Bowl commercial, a warm-blooded advertisement of what football—and by extension the NFL—could be, if it wasn’t for all the things that it actually is. …
Fran Hoepfner, The Wrap
…a fumble… a dumb comedy… “80 for Brady” would be close to worthless were it not for the prodigious talents and chemistry of its marvelous cast. …[1/4]
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…It’s cute, silly, and light, all things that a comfort movie should be. …
Nate Richard, Collider
…Screechy football comedy…is an embarrassing fumble… The condescending vibe and the whatever-ness of it all are disappointing given the collective calibre of the stars, revered, funny veterans who deserve better. …
Johanna Schneller, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
…for all its congenial upbeatitude, this salute to blue-hair camaraderie has been molded into the shape of a movie without much finesse. …
Charles Bramesco, The Guardian
…The main challenge is that there’s simply not enough heft in the story to fill out this wild-and-crazy weekend, which requires a level of embellishment that alternates between cute and absurd. …
Brian Lowry, CNN
…To pretend that the film’s pleasures are more than modest is just that—pretending. …
Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic