Robert De Niro
Yeah, itís hard seeing these icons in their current state (Kim Basingerís aged well though), but if youíre fans of Stallone and De Niro, well, youíre fans of Stallone and De Niro, which will be enough to get you through this film, especially if youíre boxing fans as well. The Walking Deadís Shane (Jon Bernthal) adds a pleasant family dynamic, and Basingerís love interest is all right, but the Ďhartí 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 heís around. I laughed out loud far more than I expected to, and probably more times than this film deserves, but Iím a sucker for funny and this flick is definitely funny when it wants to be.
GRUDGE MATCH can be summed up as followsóthinking 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), weíve 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. Itís not smart or original, but itís fun, funny and has heart. I was pleasantly surprised.
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 wasnít 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. Iím all for this era, but Ali was before my time. Still cool though.
Alternate Opening/Alternate Endings: I like the other opening only because itís narrated by Dante, but itís nothing fantastic. As for the endings, I wonít say what they are, but thereís threeóone for a draw, and one for each of them winning. Theyíre all pretty good.
Deleted Scenes: There are six short ones that are hit and miss, so to speak, but since theyíre 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.