Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 113 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. The movie about aging boxers includes, naturally, scenes of boxing with some blood and bruising; some sexually themed talk, joked, and implied sexual activity; cursing and vulgar jokes; and some smoking and drinking. Overall, it may be an OK choice to see with grandparents or other older male relatives during the holidays.
Do Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro really need money so badly that they have to do dreck like ‘Grudge Match’? It’s the kind of silly, stupid movie that you could see with older relatives during the holidays because it’s not too offensive, but you’ll forget it immediately afterward because it’s so unsurprising.
By Roxana Hadadi
“Grudge Match” is the latest in a string of action/comedy hybrids aimed toward older audiences—following in the wake of “The Expendables 2” and “Red 2,” for example—and it again begs the question: Why? What happened to Sylvester Stallone’s and Robert De Niro’s fortunes? Why are they accepting terrible roles like this? Are they being held at gunpoint? Why, why, why.