GRUDGE MATCH

Hitting Below the Belt

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Release Date: December 25, 2013

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Robert
DeNiro, Kim Basinger, Kevin
Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon
Bernthal, Camden Gray, Anthony
Anderson, Jim Lampley

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 113 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time
Warner

Director: Peter Segal

Executive Producer: Jane Rosenthal, Kevin
King-Templeton

Producer: Peter Segal, Bill Gerber, Mark
Steven Johnson, Michael Ewing,
Ravi Mehta

Writer: Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman

Address Comments To:

Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman/CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (New Line Cinema)
Greg Silverman and Sue Kroll, President, Warner Bros. Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000; Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(PaPa, B, LLL, VV, SS, N, A, D, MM) Strong mixed pagan worldview with some moral elements; about 86 obscenities (including one “f” word), 14 strong profanities, seven light profanities, and a couple “f” words are bleeped in a TV report; strong boxing violence, mostly at end of movie; strong sexual content includes a running joke about oral sex, including euphemisms, often involving a little boy, scene of implied fornication, little boy asks why a woman was naked, and a past case of infidelity that resulted in an unwed pregnancy; upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, dysfunctional relationships, bad grand-parenting, man holds a grudge.


Summary:

GRUDGE MATCH stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro as two retired boxers who come out of retirement to finally decide, once and for all, who’s the best boxer. GRUDGE MATCH is very funny and entertaining, with some witty lines, but the profane, vulgar content is too much, especially when part of it involves the young grandson of one of the movie’s two main characters.


Review:

GRUDGE MATCH is very funny and entertaining, with some witty lines. However, the obscene, profane, vulgar content is too much, especially when some of it involves the young grandson of one of the movie’s two main characters.
The movie stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro as two retired boxers from Pittsburgh, Henry “Razor” Sharp and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen. Each boxer had scored a victory against their rival, but, in 1983, Henry suddenly decides not to take part in the decisive third match.
Thirty years later, Dante, the son of their former boxing promoter, offers them some money to take part in making a boxing video game featuring them. Henry needs the money, so he agrees, on condition that he doesn’t have to see Billy in order to do the motion capture effects for the game. However, Billy shows up early anyway, which leads to a real fight between them. The video of the impromptu fight goes viral on the Internet. Now, everyone wants to see the two men in a real boxing match. They agree, but now they have to survive the training.
GRUDGE MATCH has a lot of comedy and a lot of heart. It’s a movie about getting second chances, including second chances to heal broken relationships.
However, there’s a lot of foul language in the movie, including many strong profanities taking God’s name in vain. Also, there’s a subplot involving the man and boy who play Robert DeNiro’s estranged son and grandson. This subplot is touching at times, but there’s a really vulgar joke about the son’s nickname, which the young grandson overhears. This becomes an extended running joke, leading to a couple other off-color jokes or incidents. This profane, vulgar content makes GRUDGE MATCH unacceptable viewing, according to MOVIEGUIDE®’s objective, biblical standards. Involving a child in this kind of comedy is not acceptable.


In Brief:

GRUDGE MATCH stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro as two retired boxers from Pittsburgh, Henry “Razor” Sharp and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen. Each boxer scored a victory against their rival, but Henry decided not to take part in the decisive third match. Thirty years later, a wannabe boxing promoter offers them money to help make a boxing video game. However, a real fight breaks out during the taping. The video of the impromptu fight goes viral on the Internet. Now, everyone wants to see the two men in a real boxing match. They agree, but can they survive the training?
GRUDGE MATCH has a lot of comedy and heart, with some witty lines. Stallone and DeNiro are fun to watch. However, there’s a lot of foul language, including many strong profanities taking God’s name in vain. Also, there’s a subplot involving the man and boy who play DeNiro’s estranged son and grandson. Though sometimes touching, this subplot has a really vulgar joke about the son’s nickname. Worse, the filmmakers involve the little boy in this running joke. This makes GRUDGE MATCH unacceptable viewing.