Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Tom Brady’s Season Ending Loss with Buccaneers Shouldn’t Affect Hit Potential for All Star Comedy “80 for Brady”

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I’ve no doubt Paramount Pictures and the producers of “80 for Brady” are disappointed over Monday’s NFL results.

Tom Brady’s football season ended with a decisive loss to the Dallas Cowboys for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady now faces either retirement — which is unlikely– or a move to a better team like the Miami Dophins.

For Paramount, Brady in the Super Bowl would have been marketing magic. That’s because the studio has a movie set for release on February 3rd called “80 for Brady.” It’s the true story of four older female New England Patriots super fans who follow Brady to the Super Bowl. In the film, the women are played by Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Rita Moreno, and Lily Tomlin.

A lot has gone into this film. Diane Warren wrote a title song that’s sung by superstars Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Belinda Carlisle, and Gloria Estefan.

When all this was greenlit, I’m sure everyone involved thought: What could go wrong? Well, just Tom Brady — who makes a cameo in the film — having a bad season. And he did. The Buccaneers finished with eight wins and nine losses for the season. Brady is ready to leave the Buccaneers and end his career with a winning team. While he’s waiting, he may at least get a hit movie. Advance word on “80 for Brady” is that it’s a lot of fun, and a good potential winter hit — regardless of how the Buccaneers did. Fonda, et al may wind up the winning team of the season.

The movie going audience has already made “Where the Crawdads Sing” and “A Man Called Otto” hits. They can do it again.

PS Youngster Sally Field– only just 76 — will be honored next month by the Screen Actor’s Guild for Lifetime Achievement. It’s about time. She’s only won 2 Oscars and rafts of other prizes.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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