Just what you wanted for Christmas, right? Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are headed back to the boxing ring in Grudge Match, and sports comedy that’s due to hit theatres on December 25th. Warner Bros. Pictures has released a brand new trailer for the film, which should get you excited if you enjoy light comedies and/or are an extreme Sylvester Stallone fan.
The film’s story focuses on a pair of aging boxing rivals as they are coaxed out of retirement to finally duke it out in a long-awaited third match. The film also stars Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin as their managers, Kim Basinger as Sally Rose, and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as a trainer. Peter Segal (Get Smart, Tommy Boy) directs a script by Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman and Doug Ellin.
Doesn’t this film seem a little late to the party? Grudge Match would have done well five years ago if Rocky Balboa hadn’t happened. I’m all for seeing these two go head-to-head, but the concept is a little late to the party. Between The Expendables and movies like Righteous Kill, I’ve just about had enough of this whole schtick. Yes Mr. De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, we remember you each maintained an iconic status for the badass roles you played so famously in your career, but let’s leave the past in the past. Now, it just seems they’re chumps boxing for change.
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Two retired boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro) decide to settle a long-standing beef by heading back into the ring in this sports comedy from director Peter Segal. Back in the day, Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) were the two biggest bruisers in the Pittsburgh boxing scene. Their fierce rivalry drawing nationwide attention, “Razor” and “The Kid” were deadlocked for victory when the former announced his retirement just before the decisive 1983 match that would have declared the supreme champion. Three decades later, enterprising boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr. (Kevin Hart) lures the aging pugilists back into the ring for the fight that everyone has been waiting for. Meanwhile, when “Razor” and “The Kid” see each other for the first time in 30 years, the cameras are rolling when tempers flare. In no time that unscheduled scuffle goes viral, prompting both fighters to resume their intensive training in a bid to deliver the knock-out blow during the highly-anticipated match. Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal co-star.