grudge-match

Two aging boxers, Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone), each have with their own reasons for climbing back into the ring and completing their final bout.  Razor retired the night before their match for the title, leaving Billy yearning to prove that he was supposed to be champ.  Those begins the saga of two old men trying to shape up and poke fun all of the boxing movies of the past.  I think Stallone had a lot of fun with his Rocky’s jabs.

Kevin Hart does what he does best as Dante Slate, Jr., the son of a promoter who stole Razor’s money.  He moves through the movie, stealing every scene with his jokes.  His interactions with Alan Arkin are even funnier than the trailer suggests as they start a battle of wits.  Kim Basinger and Jon Bernthal round out the cast as Razor’s old girlfriend and the son she had with Billy.

The only thing that was a little distracting was the use of CGI to make the lead actors appear young in the beginning of the previews.  It was a little too unrealistic.  You will need to walk into this movie knowing that every stereotype about the geriatric community will appear in this film.  Knowing this upfront, Grudge Match is a fun ride with an interesting boxing match at the end.