80 FOR BRADY
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Billy Porter, Harry Hamlin, Bob Balaban, Sara Gilbert, Glynn Turman, Jimmy O. Yang, and Tom Brady
Director: Kyle Marvin
80 for Brady is a hard movie for me to criticize because I’m well aware that I’m not the film’s target demographic. I can criticize the fact that a lot of the scenes feel like director Kyle Marvin simply moved on after the first take, and I can say that it’s not exactly the funniest movie; however, my audience, which was filled with older women, was having the time of its life. So, it is a fun time - one filled with a decent heart and good chemistry between the four leads - for the right person. I just couldn't get into it.
Although it fails to elicit genuine emotion at every turn and, frankly, it’s as “just fine” as almost any movie like it can be, 80 for Brady does retain a certain level of charm beyond its underwritten dramatic edges. Watching this ensemble of legendary female talent throw themselves into ridiculous hijinks time and time again won’t make its story better or its characters any deeper, but it does lift the spirits a bit, especially as a few of the jokes are disarmingly funny. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone per se, but I had a nice time despite its shortcomings.