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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    The movie only wakes up when Hart and/or Arkin are on screen (preferably together).

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Stamets

    Grudge Match does not work on any level. The story is unconvincing. The comedy elements are weak... And, worst of all, the acting in most scenes — particularly those involving Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger — is atrocious.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Grudge could have saved itself with a rousing finale, but the buildup is so tedious you just want the fight to end.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    On balance, I think I'd rather have seen Rocky 15.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Two legends duke it out in underwhelming comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grudge Match is a boxing comedy starring two actors legendary for their on-screen boxers: Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky). As one would expect from a boxing film starring older actors, there are a ton of age jokes as well as fights in and out of the ring (the two men are shown bloody and bruised by the end of the fight). There are a lot of references to weight, age, race, height, and sex (one character's name is B.J., which leads to a lengthy discussion of how much men like to "get" his name). One character is a borderline alcoholic, and the other can't let go of old hurts, but audiences will definitely cheer as the two epic actors get back in the ring.

  • Families can talk about the popularity of boxing movies. Why are they such a significant percentage of sports movies? What are some of your favorites?
  • How does seeing Stallone and De Niro duke it out challenge your ideas about the "elderly" and how they should act?
  • Does violence in the context of boxing or MMA or other sports have less of an impact than other forms of violence? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie contains positive messages about the transformative power of forgiveness, the importance of knowing your parents, and the idea that age shouldn't keep you from doing what you've been called to do. Every character seems to have father issues they work out in the course of the movie.

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    Role models: Razor is hardworking and generous, but he's also unforgiving for most of the movie. He realizes that if he'd forgiven and moved forward as a younger man, he wouldn't have wasted so much time being lonely and unable to do the sport he loves. Billy realizes he's made some huge mistakes as well and wants to get to know his biological adult son.

What to watch for
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    Violence: It's a movie about boxing, and that's a violent sport. De Niro and Stallone get into a couple of brawls with each other and in one scene with an MMA fighter. The boxing match includes close ups of bloody eyes and bruises. A man is extremely upset when he realizes his son was left alone in a bar. A tasteless joke: "somebody rape this guy already" when two men are jailed for the night.

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    Sex: Several references to a tryst that results in an unplanned pregnancy; a few kisses and embraces between Razor and Sally. There are jokes about age (the two men are supposed to be around 60), as well as sex/ oral sex, because a man's nickname is B.J. A boy asks what a B.J. is, and a man says "butterscotch jellybeans" and then goes on to make a innuendo-filled comments about how men "love butterscotch jellybeans." A woman comes on to a man and encourages him to leave a bar with her. They are later caught in the back of an SUV with their shirts off (her bare shoulders are visible).

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    Language: Language includes uses of "s--t," "bulls--t," "chickens--t," "a--hole," "bitches," "damn," plus exclamations like "Goddamn it" and "Jesus!" coarse euphemisms and colloquialisms for sex (BJs, banging, screwing, etc.), and insults like "loser," "jackass," "moron," "coward," "Webster" (in reference to a short black man), various ways to say "fat" and more.

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    Consumerism: Lots of product placements, mostly car companies: Dodge, Cadillac Escalade, Mustang, Audi, Nokia Lumia phone, AT&T, ESPN, HBO (HBO Boxing), Target, Adidas, Dancing with the Stars, Apple iPad, Carhartt, Under Armour, Us Weekly, Geritol, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Billy owns a bar and adults are shown drinking a lot (Billy to excess). Billy drinks Scotch for breakfast. A young boy is left without supervision at a bar and watches adults drink, dance, and then he even plays quarters (without actually drinking).