The much talked about sports comedy has recently made a touchdown in theaters! If you find yourself craving more movies like it, then we have recommendations for you!
The cinematic team up of the year is finally here! And no, we’re not talking about the Guardians of the Galaxy, or the Mario Brothers, or the Fast & Furious Family. We’re talking about the four 80 year old women who love Tom Brady more than anything else in the world (well, technically, two 80 year olds, one 76 year old, and one 91 year old). Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field star in 80 for Brady. The movie, based on a true story, follows the four women on their wild trip to the Super Bowl and their hopes to meet their hero, Tom Brady. With a Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and over $11 million opening weekend, the film is clearly finding its audience. The special appearance by Guy Fieri doesn’t hurt either.
.@80forBrady is in theaters NOW!!
Had such a blast workin’ with these 4 icons!!
Go check it out #80forBrady 🔥 pic.twitter.com/0J3ZvuNfvS
— Mayor Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) February 3, 2023
If you’ve already rushed out to the theater to see 80 for Brady and are craving something similar, we’ve got the recs for you!
On its surface, Booksmart may seem like the opposite of 80 for Brady. Instead of being about four senior citizens, this 2019 comedy follows two seniors in High School on the night before their graduation as they search for the ultimate party. While the age gap between the stars may be sizable, Booksmart was written by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, the same women who wrote 80 for Brady. Both films balance a perfect tone of laugh out loud comedy and some surprising emotion. Booksmart is full of great performances, including a scene stealing Billie Lourd, and is one of the best teen movies of the past several years. Make sure to check this one out if you haven’t.
If you did see 80 for Brady, there is a strong chance you also saw the trailer for Book Club: The Next Chapter. Well before you see the sequel make sure to check out the original from 2018. This comedy also stars Jane Fonda and three other older women (this time Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenbergen). When the four of them read 50 Shades of Grey, they get a new outlook on life and love, and the four friends decide to make their next chapter their best. Book Club has an absolutely stacked cast, and its sequel looks even better. You can now stream this movie on Paramount+.
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How could we not? This all time classic film stars 80 for Brady alumni Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, but this time they are joined by Dolly Parton. They star as three women in the workforce who get so fed up with their male boss that they make a plan to kill him. This is one of the greatest comedies of all time, and it is currently streaming on HBO Max. If you haven’t seen the movie, you have at least heard Parton’s incredible title song for it. All the Dolly music is out of this world great, and the three lead performances are beyond iconic. This is a hard movie to talk about without spoiling all the best jokes, so just make sure to watch it if you haven’t already.
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
In many ways, 80 for Brady feels like the spiritual legacy sequel to this under-seen classic comedy. I Wanna Hold Your Hand follows a group of friends in 1964 who are completely obsessed with The Beatles and will do anything to see them live. Of course, when they come to America to be on The Ed Sullivan Show, they don’t get tickets. What follows is a series of wacky and sometimes surprisingly touching adventures, all in hopes of getting in to see the show. If 80 for Brady is about seeking one last thrill with your best friends, then I Wanna Hold Your Hand is about seeking that first thrill and finding out who you want to be. This is an early film from Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis and currently holds a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. This is one that is definitely worth seeking out.
Nancy Myers makes the ultimate comfort movie. From The Parent Trap to The Holiday, her movies are perfect to throw on no matter what mood you are in, and The Intern is no exception. The film stars screen legend Robert De Niro as a widower who decides to re-enter the workforce and becomes an intern for a company run by Anne Hathaway. De Niro then becomes an almost Paddington-like figure, as his wisdom and kindness help the lives of those around him. This is a very sweet and funny movie that, like most Nancy Myers movies, is way better than it has any right to be. While this film is well liked it hasn’t found the audience it deserves yet; make sure to check it out.
Hello, My Name is Doris
While 80 for Brady may have featured a seven time Super Bowl champ, the real MVP of the movie was Sally Field as Betty, and if you are craving more of her, we can’t recommend this indie comedy enough. The film stars Field as… well, Doris, a socially awkward older woman, who decides to romantically pursue her younger boss. New Girl’s Max Greenfield co-stars in this delightfully weird rom-com, and as usual, Sally Field steals the show, being both hilarious and empathetic. She is truly a terrific actor, and this is one of her best performances.
Make sure to check out all these movies, as well as 80 for Brady, if you want something to cheer you up this weekend!