I am a longtime fan of the New England Patriots and, of course, that meant that I have loved Tom Brady for his success and how he has helped bring multiple Super Bowl championships to New England. Because of that, I have been excited to see 80 for Brady, a film based on a true story based around Super Bowl LI from 2017, the Super Bowl that the Patriots came from behind against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Pats trailed 28-3 in the third quarter only to make a wild comeback to push the game into overtime before winning in OT.
The film is based on a true story of a group of women who were huge Tom Brady fans that decided they wanted to to head to Houston for the big game.
In the film, the four lead women were played by Lily Tomlin, Sally Field, Rita Moreno and Jane Fonda. The four women played the characters of Lou, Betty, Maura and Trish respectfully.
The ladies arrived in Houston to attend the NFL Experience and go through several bizarre shenanigans.
This is a silly, lightweight, puffy film that is absolutely dominated by the four lead actors. Tomlin, Field, Moreno, Fonda are easily the best part of the film, their charisma and chemistry absolutely killing it. I believed 100% that they were best friends and had been together forever.
Some of the things that happen during their Super Bowl adventure felt like a bad sitcom. Still, the silly moments work moderately well because of the actors.
Tom Brady appeared as himself several times throughout as a vision to Lou, speaking inspirationally to her about the attempts to make it inside the game. The film used a ton of highlights from the big game, including some of the most intriguing close up dialogue from the players. Once again, as a Patriots fan, it was awesome to relive the amazing comeback in the biggest stage of them all.
Though the film is advertised as being “based on a true story,” but there were things from the film that were clearly ridiculous and did not happen. I am not saying that it needed to be exactly how it happened because it is not a documentary. It is meant for an piece of entertainment and most of the additional scenes worked in the film.
80 for Brady was funny and was an enjoyable film, especially as a Patriots fan. Those Brady haters out there are probably going to be rolling their eyes, but the lightweight film was a lot of fun with four amazing actors that carried the film.