The trailer for Grudge Match, an upcoming boxing film, pits Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro against each other in an oddly compelling way, despite its blatant, post-Expendables premise. De Niro and Stallone are arguably the two most famous silver screen boxers of all-time—the former gained a lot of weight to play Jake La Motta in Scorsese's Raging Bull, while the latter played Rocky Balboa on six separate occasions. (Did you know that Rocky beat All The President's Men, Network, and Taxi Driver to win Best Picture in 1977? It's okay to admit that you did not.)
And so here we are at Grudge Match, a film that probably started with the pitch "What if Jake La Motta fought Rocky?" and then just kinda went from there. There's an unshakable veneer of stunt casting (yes, expect a brief clip of Stallone in a meat locker), but at least the two leads seem like they're having fun. Plus, Kevin Hart as a fight promoter and Alan Arkin as, well, Burgess Meredith have a surprising amount of chemistry in their banter. So come for the mushmouth principals, and stay for the motormouth secondaries.
Kim Basinger and Jon Bernthal (Shane from The Walking Dead) also star, and it's directed by Peter Segal (Tommy Boy). The film opens on Christmas.
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