Grudge Match

Grudge Match

Peter Segal (2013)

113min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Boxing-movie legends Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro square off in this lightweight yarn about two over-the-hill former prizefighters coaxed out of retirement 30 years after they last faced each other in the ring. As both men struggle to prepare physically for the rematch, they also find themselves having to deal with other unfinished business in their lives. Director Peter Segal's predictable film serves up the genre's typical supporting players in the form of a cantankerous old trainer (a wisecracking Alan Arkin), a long-lost son (The Wolf of Wall Street's Jon Bernthal) and the woman who fell for both contenders when they were in their prime (Kim Basinger). Stallone and De Niro give knowing winks towards their characters from Rocky and Raging Bull, but the surprise-free script rarely rises above an extended comedy sketch parodying past glories.

Summary

A promoter persuades two retired boxers who carried out a major feud in the 1980s to face each other in the ring one last time. However, when a confrontation between the pair becomes an internet sensation, the fight goes from being a local event to a nationwide media circus. Comedy, with Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger and Alan Arkin.

Cast & Crew

Billy "The Kid" McDonnen Robert De Niro
Henry "Razor" Sharp Sylvester Stallone
Dante Slate, Jr Kevin Hart
Louis "Lightning" Conlon Alan Arkin
Sally Rose Kim Basinger
BJ Jon Bernthal
Trey Camden Gray
Dante Slate, Sr Anthony Bean
Boxing announcer Rich Little
Director Peter Segal
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Jan 2014
Comedy