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Billy "The Kid" McDonnen and Henry "Razor" Sharp are two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them
in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on
the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why
but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter
Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can't refuse: to re-enter the ring and
settle the score once and for all. But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in
decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral.
The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now,
if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.
Comedy - This is a boxing themed comedy drama aimed at an older adult
audience, particularly men. Fans of leads Robert De Niro and
Sylvester Stallone will have plenty to enjoy here, as well as those
of co-stars Kevin Hart and Kim Basinger. Language and violence as
well as some adult themes make the film of caution to parents.
PROFANITY: Over 30 S-words; 8 GD's; many others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Boxing with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol. ACTION: Lots of boxing action. COMEDY: Comic banter and wisecracks, often age-related.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Grudge Match is enjoyable in an undemanding fashion until it crashes and burns at the end.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average I'm a sucker for boxing movies, so my rating is a tad higher than it should be. But I have limits, and seeing De Niro and Stallone go at it here had the opposite effect than the one "Grudge Match" intended. It broke my nostalgia, casting a gloomy dark cloud over my memories of "Rocky" and "Raging Bull." I didn't need to see this.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average It's hard to screw up a sports film. Even the schmaltzy ones usually offer a David vs. Goliath finale to restore our faith in the little guy. But in Grudge Match we get two Goliaths slugging it out in a desultory boxing flick whose punches miss wildly as entertainment but manage to chip away at the iconic legends who return to the ring after decades away from the sweet science.
Washington PostFull Review Average It has its flaws, with a star who does the sometimes-silly script few favors. But you have to hand it to Stallone and his enduring career. It's amazing that he's still kicking, not to mention punching.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 56 moviegoers:
TEENS: Great reviews from both the males and females. There weren't but a few reviews but they clearly show that teens enjoyed "Grudge Match" very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone female loved it.
ADULTS:These are very good, but not quite great, reviews from both the males and females. Eighty-percent either loved "Grudge Match" or enjoyed it very much. Equally important is that no one gave a low review. The remaining twenty-percent felt it was an average movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).