Grudge Match

Hot on the heels of ‘Last Vegas’, this silver-haired comedy sets up a rematch between Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp (Sylvester Stallone), two former champion fighters still nursing wounds 30 years after their last bout. Since The Kid has been running a small business and Razor has been punching the clock in a Pittsburgh factory, it takes little prompting for them to resume their love-triangle-fuelled rivalry – the former spurred on his pursuit of redemption, the latter driven by his need to reconcile with a lost love (Kim Basinger).

Even by low standards, ‘Grudge Match’ is astonishingly undercooked. The problem isn’t a lack of surprise – there’s some pleasure in knowing where this is headed – but an indifference to even going through the motions between obligatory training montages and ageist put-downs. What redeems this film is the commitment our long-in-the-tooth heroes bring to exposing the dents in their once-formidable armour. Seventy-year-old De Niro exhibits zero vanity and while 67-year-old Stallone’s melted-wax mug can be hard to look at, he’s still every bit the Italian Stallion in a silk robe.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday January 24 2014
Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Segal
Screenwriter: Tim Kelleher, Doug Ellin
Cast: Sylvester Stallone
Robert De Niro
Kevin Hart
Kim Basinger

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2.5 / 5

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Zohra Jawed

Easy going, not to be taken too seriously. Mostly obvious stuff with a loud mouthed Chris-Rock-ish afro-american to boot. But good watch, and funny at times. With weather like what it is outside, I'd recommend it.

Zohra Jawed

Easy going, not to be taken too seriously. Mostly obvious stuff with a loud mouthed Chris-Rock-ish afro-american to boot. But good watch, and funny at times. With weather like what it is outside, I'd recommend it.

The man on the Street

I attended a special screening of Grudge Match last night, hosted by The Time Out Card. Pretty blown away when Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone walked in to introduce themselves and the movie. Put me in a very good frame of mind so I wasn't at my most critical. In fact the film does not take itself too seriously - and once I forgave the rather contrived plot, the Americanisms and wooden acting it actually made me laugh out loud several times. It's no classic but its fun. Sort of film I would watch on a flight with those beside me wondering why I was laughing.

The man on the Street

I attended a special screening of Grudge Match last night, hosted by The Time Out Card. Pretty blown away when Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone walked in to introduce themselves and the movie. Put me in a very good frame of mind so I wasn't at my most critical. In fact the film does not take itself too seriously - and once I forgave the rather contrived plot, the Americanisms and wooden acting it actually made me laugh out loud several times. It's no classic but its fun. Sort of film I would watch on a flight with those beside me wondering why I was laughing.