Directed by Kyle Marvin, ‘80 for Brady‘ is an American sports comedy film that was released on February 3, 2023. The basic premise of the film revolves around four lifelong friends, who travel to watch Tom Brady and his New England Patriots play in Super Bowl LI in 2017. The film stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, and Tom Brady.
’80 for Brady’ is inspired by a real-life group of Patriots fans known as the ‘Over 80 for Brady’ club. The filming has begun in March 2022 and wrapped up in June. ‘80 for Brady’ received a positive response from the audience and currently holds a 63% of approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Let’s delve into the real story behind the film.
‘80 For Brady’ Is Based On A Real-Life Group
The latest American film is inspired by the ‘Over 80 for Brady’ fan club. The fan club features Betty Pensavalle, Elaine St. Martin, Anita Riccio, Pat Marx, and Claire Boardman. Pensavalle’s grandson Max pitched the idea for the film. Following the death of their husbands, Betty and Elaine started to meet each other for the Patriots Game. According to Pansavalle, “We started watching together, Elaine and me. Then we added Anita then we added Claire and Pat. We were good friends. We had known each other for years and we were all widows.”
Pansavalle is currently 94 years old and St. Martin is 95. They have been residing for 72 years. Riccio and Marx are currently residing in an assisted living facility and Boardman passed away in 2022. Pansavalle stated that the camaraderie was wonderful. She continued, “We laughed and yelled a lot. We watched on my patio and I’m sure the neighbors heard us even though it’s enclosed. We had a lot of fun.”
The Impact Of ’80 For Brady’ Movie
’80 for Brady’ has received positive feedback from the audience. According to Jeff Bock, a box office analyst, most people have not watched the film yet because they are mostly not interested in movies that are aimed at women. But they prefer to watch the ones that might be sent to the Oscars. According to reports around 68% audience were women and most of them were 55 years old.
According to Paramount’s president of distribution, Chris Aronson, it is not important to make a movie for everyone. He added that although these kinds of movies are not so common nowadays, people are having fun while watching them.
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