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With the undoubted popularity of sport around the world, it’s no surprise that many of them have featured in film over the years, with the likes of baseball (Field of Dreams), athletics (Chariots of Fire), and of course boxing (Rocky), to name just a few, all being represented on the big screen.
And although its popularity has remained firmly on home soil, it’s almost ironic that films about American Football have travelled better than the sport itself, that have included the likes of Friday Night Lights, The Blind Side and Remember the Titans.
It’s no surprise then that the sporting institution appears in yet another film, but this time, it goes head to head against some film institutions in the form of Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno. But can these two institutions play ball together?
2017 and four mature friends Lou (Tomlin), Trish (Fonda), Betty (Field), and Maura (Moreno) are enjoying watching a game of football on TV, featuring their team the New England Patriots, and their favourite player Tom Brady.
When the Patriots win, Lou suggests that they all go to the Super Bowl and watch the team live, but as they quickly realise, it would work out to be too expensive. But when they see a TV sportscast offering four free tickets, it feels like a dream come true. All they have to do is win them.
If they manage that, they intend to really enjoy themselves, and who knows, even get to meet their hero Brady (Brady) in the flesh.
Now any film that features four strong roles for women in their mid seventies to eighties is going to have a niche audience. So when you throw in the secondary storyline of US football, something niche, just got way niche-r.
And even though it’s loosely based on a true story, its execution is downright lousy. The writing overall is of such a poor quality, that it feels like writers Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern, didn’t just phone it in, but texted it in, and mostly using emojis. Certainly the cast don’t deserve it, with their impressive careers behind them all, with this effort making the most standard Hallmark film of the week look like an Oscar Best Picture winner in comparison.
To make matters worse, it feels heavily endorsed by the NFL itself, with the whole film coming across as if it’s a shameful feature length corporate video.
The result is a cinematic fumble of epic proportions, featuring a number of scenes with genuine icons of the big screen being nothing short of embarrassing.
Even if you happen to be the only person in the world who just so happens to be a fan of all the leading ladies and US football, there’s little chance this dud will entertain you in any shape or form.
Considering the talent involved, and a possible heart-warming tale based on a real event, this mess of a project most definitely dropped the ball on this one.