Is 80 for Brady based on a true story?

By Louie Fecou
Published: January 30, 2023

Is 80 for Brady based on a true story? Sports fans will be intrigued by the truth behind this story. We discuss whether the film is based on real events. 

The comedy sports movie 80 For Brady, directed by Kyle Marvin, is written by Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern, and produced by Tom Brady himself.

Following the heartwarming story of four elderly Tom Brady fans, the subject matter has had curious film lovers wondering about the premise of the film itself. The fun movie tells the story of the super fans, traveling to Houston to watch their hero during the Super Bowl. The all-star ensemble cast, including Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field, feels like it may almost be a documentary, so this article asks the question, is 80 For Brady based on a true story? The answer may surprise you.

What’s the story behind 80 for Brady?

Well, the premise for the movie is pretty simple and believable, as we find four Brady super fans deciding spontaneously to try and score some tickets for the Superbowl in an attempt to go and see Tom Brady and The New England Patriots in action.

So far, so good, and the setup allows our cast to take part in all manner of stunts and incidents, with hilarious results, en route to the game.

Is 80 for Brady based on a true story?

A quick look reveals that the characters of Lou, Trish, Maura, and Betty are indeed all based on real fans of Brady, and it seems that a pitch to Tom Brady himself from one of the group’s grandsons was responsible for kicking off the movie itself.

Max Pensavalle, the grandson of Betty, works in Hollywood and sent the pitch when he saw the devotion of his Grandma and her friends to Brady. With homemade shirts, brandishing the name of their group, and match days being a way the group could meet and bond, it was instantly picked up by Brady, who would even send a video message to Max, expressing his interest in the project.

However, what may be known as dramatic license, is the fact that the trip to the 2017 game seems to be fictional, but apart from that, it seems that, yes, the film is based on a true story.

Where do the real-life ladies for “80 for Brady” live in New England?

The group of “Golden Girl” Brady fans hail from North Attleboro, a town found in Bristol County, Massachusetts. The small town has around twenty-seven thousand inhabitants, and the town was mentioned briefly in the Marilyn Monroe movie How To Marry a Millionaire.

When is 80 for Brady released?

The feature film is set for a theatrical release on February 3rd, 2023, just in time for Superbowl 2023, which will be played on February 12th, 2023. The two teams involved are the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Are you looking forward to 80 for Brady? Let us know in the comments below. 

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