Grudge Match Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Grudge Match

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sporting violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Featherweight.

  • Starring:

    Sylvester Stallone, Peter Segal, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jim Lampley, Rich Little, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal

  • Directed by:

    Peter Segal

  • Running time:

    113 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched, knocked over, slapped. Objects thrown, smashed. Property damage, smashed glass. Vehicle accident, underage driving. Boxing fighting, sparring, mixed martial arts. Arguing. School fighting mentioned. Blood/gore: Grazed faces. Bloody cuts, busted nose, bleeding, blood spray, blood on objects. Bandage. Swelling, bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple are interrupted having half-clothed sex in the back seat of a car. Flirting, kissing, crotch-grabbing. Man in underwear, women in skimpy clothing, shirtless men, cleavage, swimwear. References to sex acts, prostitution, infidelity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne). Gambling seen, discussed. Prescription meds. Child in licensed premises.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, a-words, s-words, bastard. Bleeped f-words. Derogatory terms and references about women. Slang and actual terms for genitals, slang for bodily functions, sexual slang. Name-calling. Jokes about rape, inappropriate touching, prostitutes, weight, age, race, homophobia, gender. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Boxing, grudges, rivals, training, memories, retirement, social media, bad acting, publicity, family, junk art, relationships, blindness, bad grandparenting, meeting biological child.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased husband mentioned, infidelity discussed. Job losses. Casino, bar, hospital settings. Skydiving, plane, welding sparks, pigeons. Medical check-ups. Slicing beef, hanging slabs of meat. Toilet, urine, vomiting. Sweeping camera aerials over city. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Sentimental, slick, passable, harmless, lightweight, amiable. Realistic portrayal of ageing, top cast, occasionally funny, good Rocky references, appealing premise. Best scenes are during end credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Exploitative, clichéd, poor, cheap, unambitious, over-edited, slow, unchallenging, predictable, creaky, mediocre, overcooked, wretched, sad, depressing, baffling. Unnecessary subplots, mediocre script, average CGI, terrible opener, sloppy final fight scene.

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