Rated: PG-13 for sports action violence, sexual content and language. Reviewed by: Dave Release date: December 20, 2013 Released by: Warner Brothers
Grudge Match horribly insults two legendary American boxing movies. Both Rocky, and Raging Bull are ripped off to create a fictional rivalry between two former champions. Clips from both are weaved together creating a ridiculous illusion that doesn't succeed. The CGI is so bad that one close-up of Stallone's face looks just like a plastic mask.
Instead of Rocky Balboa and Jake LaMotta, we now have Henry "Razor" Sharp (Sylvester Stallone), and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (Robert DeNiro). Besides the film's initial premise, their character names are completely ridiculous.
The story becomes more convoluted when Stallone's longtime girlfriend Sally, (Kim Basinger) suddenly appears after thirty years.The only bright spot in Grudge Match is (Alan Arkin) as Stallone's trainer Louis "Lightning" Conlon. He performs admirably in an otherwise mediocre production.
Promoter Dante Slate, Jr. (Kevin Hart) has to sell out the match so everyone makes money. He even has Stallone and DeNiro jumping out of airplanes to generate publicity. In reality, a fight like this could never be sanctioned. Two old men going ten rounds is beyond logical. Stallone is 67 and DeNiro is 70. Both would have dropped dead of heart attacks. Grudge Match should have been titled Dumb and Dumber, sadly the name was already taken.