80 For Brady will leave a bad taste in many viewers’ mouths, but it has enough chuckles and a feel good message to make it worth a view. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
80 For Brady releases in the United States in theaters across the nation tomorrow, Friday, February 3, 2023. The film is loosely based on a true story where four 80-something-year-old women went on an epic journey to see Tom Brady in the 2017 Super Bowl. It stars Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno, and, of course, Tom Brady. Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
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80 For Brady Parents Guide
80 FOR BRADY is inspired by the true story of four best friends living life to the fullest when they take a wild trip to the 2017 Super Bowl LI to see their hero Tom Brady play.
80 For Brady Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their young children watch 80 for Brady.
Langauge: 80 for Brady uses some brief strong language; however, it is very infrequent. Stronger words include: 1 f*ck, 1 son of a b*tch, a few d*mns and a g-d d*mn; crap; hell; oh my g-d along with some suggestive references about sex with a joke calling a fanny pack a strap on.
Mature Content: Other than the snippets of language mentioned above, there is some suggestive content that may not be appropriate for your younger children. There are discussions of sex, including sexual references to a “sex room,” and one character writes romance novels, with one of the titles being “Between Gronk and a Hard Place.” The film has alcohol use, with characters who also consume and become intoxicated on alcohol. There is also drug content, where one character takes sleeping pills, and other drug use content involves characters unknowingly taking cannabis in the form of edible gummies. This is the only drug abuse in the film to speak of. There are also scenes that include characters gambling and some kissing, but no sex scenes.
80 For Brady Age Rating: Paramount Pictures 80 For Brady has a PG-13 rating. While the age rating of the movie is a pg-rated motion picture, parents with older children in the tween years may find it appropriate. There is some harsh language and adult content, but much of it may go over the heads of older children and is far off from the restricted R category.
Despite the name, 80 For Brady, one doesn’t necessarily need to be a Tom Brady fan or a New England Patriots fan to enjoy the film. The movie is centered around the four 80-something-year-old friends who embark on a wild journey to see Brady play in the Super Bowl because this may be their last chance to do so. It has been the friends’ life-long mission to see Brady play, well, ever since the foursome became fans during Lou’s (Lily Tomlin) chemotherapy treatment years ago. Now that Lou has been cancer-free for over a decade, she, along with her friends Trish (Jane Fonda), Betty (Sally Field), and Maura (Rita Moreno), are set to win a contest that will bring them to the big game.
80 For Brady is Kyle Marvin’s feature directorial debut, who has previously worked on the tv shows directing All Wrong, and even acting in AppleTV+’s WeCrashed. While Marvin is an admitted football fan, it is quite the task, along with some pressure, to take on a film with four female leads who are also some legendary actresses in their own right.
80 for Brady has a star-studded cast, and the four female leads have amazing chemistry together, which isn’t a surprise, especially considering Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have a long working relationship, having starred in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie for seven seasons. Other appearances include Harry Hamil as Dan, who is a bit infatuated with Fonda’s character Trish, and, may I say, it is about time a male actor starts playing a role with an older female love interest. The film also has a fun side plot with the American restaurateur Guy Fieri, who is hilariously described as having the appearance of a “flaming hot Cheeto.” Billy Porter has a small role as Lady GaGa’s choreographer and puts on a show with the ladies that will have viewers cackling in their seats. A couple of my favorite appearances are from Silicon Valley’s Jimmy O. Yang and Ron Funches, who have a notable voice that will guarantee to put a smile on faces. And of course, there are Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, who give some of the most cringe-worthy moments in the film. Let’s just say that, now that Brady is retired, I don’t see an acting career in his future.
Surprisingly, despite 80 for Brady‘s flaws, it was an enjoyable and entertaining film. There were many laugh-out-loud moments viewers will appreciate, enough recognizable faces for nostalgia, and just an overall feel-good story. It was certainly made for a specific target audience, i.e., football fans and elderly women, but this is one even older children may relish. It has just the right amount of smarmy cheesiness one might expect from a movie starring octogenarians and enough heart to warm the average callous forty-something as well. There will be no awards offered or given for this film, but its timing, given Brady’s recent announcement to retire (again), is a reward unto itself.