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80 for Brady – Review
80 for Brady – Budget of $28 million – 1 hour and 38 minutes
In 2017, Lou, Betty, Maura, and Trish got together to watch the New England Patriots in the NFL Conference Championship game. When they see the Patriots could lose, they assume their traditional positions and perform a ritual to ensure a win. The true-blue friends celebrate the Patriots beating the Pittsburgh Steelers and plan to get together at Lou’s house for Super Bowl LI. They watch the Pats Nation and hear the hosts are sponsoring a giveaway for Super Bowl tickets. The contestant needs to call and say why they deserve it.
Maura gets everyone at her retirement home to call and pretend to be her. Maura still feels the loss of her husband and wants to get away from her home. Trish wrote Gronk fan fiction using her dog’s name as a pseudonym. She wants a serious relationship but can’t get men to look past her pinup girl glory days. A fun time away with friends will help keep her mind off guys. Betty is a retired math professor that constantly proofreads her husband’s textbook manuscript. She wants to have a wild night. Lou started her love for Tom Brady the day he came off the bench and played in his first NFL game. She was going through chemo, and her friends came over to help. Seeing Tom overcome gave her the strength to keep fighting. She has had a clean bill of health for years. However, Lou went to her oncologist for a checkup and now avoids the doctor’s calls. Lou worries her cancer is back and wants to have a good time with her friends in case it’s the last time.
Maura, Betty, and Trish come to Lou’s house because Lou has a surprise. Lou won the tickets, and they are going to the Super Bowl. After breaking an unconscious Maura out of the retirement home, the women fly to Houston, Texas. During breakfast, they decided the most responsible person, Betty, should keep the tickets. Betty puts them in her strap-on, and they leave for the Super Bowl Experience. Lou and Maura throw footballs for Atlanta Falcons Fans’ jerseys while Trish meets fans of her book (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). One fan invites Trish to an exclusive party. Betty can’t ignore her grumbling stomach and enters Guy Fieri’s hot wing eating contest. Betty handles the heat and becomes a semi-finalist. They rearrange Betty and her competition, and they face each other. Betty puts down her strap-on and wins the contest. The friends eat in Guy’s trailer to celebrate Betty’s win. Trish tells them about the party, and they decide to go after Guy tells them he is going.
The women meet new friends, play poker, get high, and dance at the party. However, when they question Trish’s loyalty, Lou gets upset and wants to go home. Lou asks for her Super Bowl ticket to go without them in the morning. Betty realizes she left the strap-on at the contest. They will lie, fight, and dance to get their tickets back and make it to the Super Bowl.
This film is Golden Girls mixed with a PG-13 Girls Trip, centered around the 2nd best comeback in Super Bowl history. At the plot’s core is a tale of friendship during hardship. Each woman battles personal issues differently. Maura and Trish tell their friends about their love and loss problems because the world expects this for women in their 80s. They openly discuss their troubles, and their friends convince them to go to the Super Bowl to lift their spirits. Betty and Lou keep their issues private. Lou worries her cancer is back, and Betty feels overlooked and ignored in her marriage. This trip helps them find their voice. This movie is purely funny, but it’s not for younger viewers because of drug use and mild sexual language. However, older teens and adults will laugh without Hangover-style humor. And let’s not forget the shout-out for Broadway Cares. This film is great for the theater, but you won’t watch it again until it’s free on cable.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
Do you know how much it cost me to look like this – Trish
All in – Maura
Just because I can solve problems doesn’t mean I have to – Betty
Have you seen Guy Fieri? He looks like a flaming hot Cheeto – Lou
Let’s f**king go – Tom Brady
Knock at the Cabin – Review
Knock at the Cabin – Budget of $20 million – 1 hour and 40 minutes
Wen catches grasshoppers to study them. She names and categorizes each in her collection. She sees a man, Leonard, approaching in the distance. He greets Wen and asks questions to ease Wen’s fears. Leonard apologizes for meeting under these circumstances, but he and his friends need to talk to Wen’s parents. He tells Wen to tell her parents to let them in the cabin. After seeing three more people walking up with weapons, Wen runs back to the dwelling to alert her fathers, Eric and Andrew. In a frantic panic, Wen explains what she saw in the woods to her fathers. They think she is pretending until they hear a knock at the door. They look out the window and see four people with handmade weapons surrounding the house. Andrew picks up the phone and discovers it doesn’t have a dial tone. Their remote location prevents cell phone service. Andrew and Eric attempt to barricade the home, but Leonard, Sabrina, Adriane, and Redmond break inside. Andrew attacks Redmond and almost takes him out. Amidst the battle, Eric suffers a concussion. When Eric wakes up, the home invaders have tied him and Andrew to chairs, and Sabrina bandages his head wound.
Leonard explains that someone chose their family to make a sacrifice. One member of the family has to kill another to stop the apocalypse. They can’t commit suicide. Each member of Leonard’s group will ask Eric and Andrew to choose. And for each no, thousands will die. In the end, the world will die except for Eric, Andrew and Wen. Then they introduce themselves. Leonard is a 2nd-grade teacher and coach. Sabrina is a registered nurse, and Adriane works as a cook in a restaurant. And Redmond works at a gas plant. They all had visions of the apocalypse leading them to the cabin. Eric thinks they are part of a religious cult, but Andrew believes they are a hate group trying to convert them. Leonard asks them if they will choose a sacrifice. Eric and Andrew’s answer will start a horrific 24 hours. Is it real?
Based on The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, the premise for the movie is a long-standing morality question. Can you sacrifice one person you love for humanity? Eric and Andrew’s ‘nos’ have a direct consequence, but they believe the TV broadcast are deep fakes or expertly timed. The home invaders do everything to nurture and heal while convincing Eric and Andrew to make the sacrifice. With M. Night Shyamalan’s movies, viewers expect a twist. However, the anticipated twist falls flat. The plot does a tremendous build-up with stellar performances, but it alters the book’s ending. The original conclusion left the reader with more questions but a better twist. Don’t be confused; the end is loving and sweet but not something that makes you gasp with shock. The performances, especially Dave Bautista, are outstanding. They make this movie worthy of the big screen.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
Why are you here – Wen
It didn’t have to be like this – Sabrina
I don’t hate anybody. I do have conflicting feelings about this door – Adriane
I’m on my family’s side – Eric
A part of humanity has been judged – Redmond
Can I talk to you for a little bit – Leonard
I have a gun – Andrew
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