If you want a movie that makes a mockery of everything that is a boxing movie, Grudge Match is the film for you! Starring Silvester Stallone (of Rocky fame) as Razor and Robert De Niro (of Raging Bull fame) as Billy “The Kid” this film directed by Peter Segal (of Get Smart/Anger Management fame) will have you laughing all the way through it.
The story goes that Henry “Razor” Sharp and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen were the fiercest fighters in the ring. Billy the Kid is undefeated and defeats a Light Heavyweight challenge from Razor, also undefeated. However, after a rematch, Razor wins, claiming the title. However, and without explanation, Razor retires, leaving Billy feeling mighty angered.
Years later in Pittsburgh, Bill runs a local bar and gets reconnected with his illegitimate son, whom you found out was born from an affair he had with Razor’s ex-girlfriend Sally Rose. She wants to get back with Razor whom she considers her true love. Because Razor needs the money, he agrees to allow himself to filmed for an upcoming video game that will feature him and kid thanks to an overachieving promoter Dante Slate, Jr. He is the son of Billy’s deceased sleazy fight promoter. Billy shows up for the video game sequence as well and the two get into a brawl which goes viral. Dante, using money as a lure, convinces both of them to do a rematch that will determine once and for all who is the better fighter in an event called The Grudge Match.
I laughed all the way through this film as they made fun of many boxing movie cliches and poked fun at the Rocky movies (such as drinking eggs/punching meat). Kevin Hart is impeccable as Dante, though foulmouthed. It was funny, hilarious, full of heart, but also really cool to see.
PARENTAL WARNINGS: Crude/suggestive language, fighting violence, foul language, and scatological humor
- Robert De Niro as Billy “The Kid” McDonnen
- Sylvester Stallone as Henry “Razor” Sharp
- Kevin Hart as Dante Slate, Jr.
- Alan Arkin as Louis “Lightning” Conlon
- Kim Basinger as Sally
- Jon Bernthal as B.J.
- Camden Gray as Trey