80 for Brady

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On this frigid February Friday, we went to the movies. This is the first time since the start of the pandemic that we have gone to see a movie, in public, in the company of strangers. We have been to the theater plenty of times to see live actors perform, but this is the first time that we have ventured to a movie house since the before times. What with streaming why risk it? So, what Oscar candidate drew us out? Hardly, 80 for Brady was our choice. Earlier this week, I texted the kids and wished them all a happy Groundhog’s Day. I also warned them not to get caught in any time loops. Maren responded with, “too late, already happened, because Tom Brady retired again.” In hindsight his choice of timing on this announcement probably had a lot to do with this movie, because he stars in it and is also a producer. In this comedy, four Academy Award winners, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field, and Rita Moreno play four real life Boston octogenarians who convened many years ago to comfort one of their number who was undergoing chemo. A broken TV remote meant the set was stuck on the Boston Patriots game where a then young Tom Brady made his Pro football debut as a third string replacement quarterback. The girls fell in love with their man and watching him over the years became a ritual for them. Fast forward to 2017 where the movie is set and Brady is once again headed to the Superbowl, to face the Atlanta Falcons. Then, Brady was 40, which is like 80 for football players, as we are told. He did eventually play on after 2017 to become the oldest starting quarterback ever. This time rather than watching the game on TV the four ladies decide that they are going to go see the big game in person. By the time this post publishes, we will be seated at the Esquire. Stay tuned…

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