Being a fan of boxing and craptastic puns, a film with the tagline “Grudgement Day” doesn’t have to do much to win me over.

And Grudge Match doesn’t do much either; De Niro and Stallone fight a bit (don’t call it boxing), argue a bit, mope a bit, then fight some more. Credits!

Raw eggs, a meat-packing factory and montages aplenty all make cheerfully knowing appearances without ever dipping into Cliché the Movie! – and while there are so many moments of redemption you’d think Christ himself had returned, it’s never as heavy-handed as its two prizefighters.

Equivalent to finding an old Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots in the attic, gripping the dust-covered handles and rockin’ ‘n’ sockin’ for a whole two hours before re-boxing it up for good. That, with Alan Arkin swearing at you from a scooter.

Rating: 3/5


INFORMATION

CAST: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart

DIRECTOR: Peter Segal

WRITER: Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman

SYNOPSIS: Two boxing rivals come out of retirement for a rubber match, over three decades since they last met in the ring.

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