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Grudge Match
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Apr 29, 2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Peter Segal

Actors:
Sylvester Stallone
Robert De Niro
Kim Basinger

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two boxing legends/rivals come out of retirement to settle a thirty year feud and find out, once and for all, who the real champ is.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I have to admit, when GRUDGE MATCH hit theaters (I didnt actually see it playing anywhere), I had no idea it existed. It wasnt until out own Chris Bumbray reviewed it that I found it what it was. And at that point, I took a double take. Where did this come from, I thought, I hadnt seen or heard a word of promotional banter about it. I can see the on paper appeal they were going forRocky Balboa VS. The Raging Bull. Now if this had come out twenty years ago (and this story didnt more or less sum up the film ROCKY BALBOA), there would have been some serious buzz in the air, but it didnt and there wasnt. That said, much to my astonishment, it wasnt half bad.

Yeah, its hard seeing these icons in their current state (Kim Basingers aged well though), but if youre fans of Stallone and De Niro, well, youre fans of Stallone and De Niro, which will be enough to get you through this film, especially if youre boxing fans as well. The Walking Deads Shane (Jon Bernthal) adds a pleasant family dynamic, and Basingers love interest is all right, but the hart of this film is in the comedic exploits of both Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin. Hart is especially hilarious and pretty much owns the screen whenever hes around. I laughed out loud far more than I expected to, and probably more times than this film deserves, but Im a sucker for funny and this flick is definitely funny when it wants to be.

GRUDGE MATCH can be summed up as followsthinking along the lines of 1-10 for films featuring actors past their prime in ridiculous situations (one being GOD AWFUL and ten being HELL YEAH THEY STILL GOT IT), weve got nonsense like RED 2 and LAST VEGAS on the GOD AWFUL side, THE EXPENDABLES 1 and 2 on the HELL YEAH end of things, and this flick falling somewhere in the middle. Its not smart or original, but its fun, funny and has heart. I was pleasantly surprised.
THE EXTRAS
The Bull & the Stallion: This basically gives us the boxing angle via the shameless cash grab Rocky Balboa/Raging Bull angle used to make this flick viable. Again, twenty years ago people would have camped out for tickets to see this baby in theaters.

In the Ring with Kevin Hart: The heart and soul of this flick, Kevin Hart in all his glory. This dude deserves better than RIDE ALONG though.

Kevin Hart Unedited: A couple more laughs from Hart, but nothing major.

Ringside with Tyson & Holyfield: I wish this wasnt here, as it ruins a big surprise, but they two former heavyweights weigh in on their scene and its hilarity.

Blow by Blow with Larry Holmes: Former heavyweight boxer Larry Holmes talks about his fight with Muhammad Ali. Im all for this era, but Ali was before my time. Still cool though.

Alternate Opening/Alternate Endings: I like the other opening only because its narrated by Dante, but its nothing fantastic. As for the endings, I wont say what they are, but theres threeone for a draw, and one for each of them winning. Theyre all pretty good.

Deleted Scenes: There are six short ones that are hit and miss, so to speak, but since theyre all so short I think they should have stayed in. I really liked the autograph one.

Previews: There are a few trailers, as well as a DVD and UltraViolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Dont get me wrong folks, its still a rental through and through, but its not the colossal train wreck youd think it would be. Not to mention, its got one of the funniest post-credit scenes Ive ever seen. Its an era thing, but if you get it, its so ridiculously unbelievable youll laugh yourself into tears.
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3:30PM on 04/30/2014

Kim Basinger looks like shit

I dont know who you were looking at but the 2 leads were in phenomenal shape especially considering one of them is 70+, Bassinger looked like she was hit by a bus and had just went bankrupt buying an entire town!!
I dont know who you were looking at but the 2 leads were in phenomenal shape especially considering one of them is 70+, Bassinger looked like she was hit by a bus and had just went bankrupt buying an entire town!!
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