Age Restriction: 10-12 PG
Well known names: Kim Basinger, Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone
Grudge Match is a sporting comedy that stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as ageing boxers, bringing back nostalgic memories of their respective boxing films from back in the day.
The storyline introduces Razor (Stallone) and the Kid (De Niro) 30 years after fighting two matches against each other and wining one each, leaving a final grudge match to still be fought. however Razor decided to retire from his boxing career in his prime before the final match could be fought. Now, when both these fighters are old and out of shape, the opportunity arises for one last battle and they both have different reasons for wanting to fight.
The film got mixed reviews, with a lot of people feeling that this is just another ‘Rocky’ franchise spin-off and that it’s an insult to have brought in ‘Raging Bull’ as it’s a comedy defaming both of those names that were worked so hard at building up. The other complaint is that both of these men are too old still be doing fighting scenes to this degree and that it’s sad when they try to make come-backs into the arena when they are clearly past their prime.
I, however, found it to be a fun, entertaining film to watch with humour giving these two actors purpose in their roles. I won’t say it is a must-see, but it’s definitely easy entertainment with a good family message and quite a couple of laughs. Stallone and De Niro’s characters are completely different and yet likeable to the point that you don’t know who’s side you are on as the final match takes place.
There is a bit of light language, some sexual references as well as violence in and out of the ring, but all in all it’s a film that leaves you feeling good and glad that all worked out the way it did.
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