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Grudge Match review
Listen, there are plenty of flaws with Grudge Match. The direction is completely uninspired. The screenplay leaves a lot to be desired. The story is at least somewhat preposterous. But I will say this: Grudge Match is almost everything those who wanted to see Grudge Match want it to be. Boosted by strong supporting turns from Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart, Grudge Match was conceived and written well before the two stars were attached, and it plays out as such. Same goes for the fighters. As two long retired boxers nursing a grudge over a rubber match that never happened, Stallone and De Niro are more than up for one more fight.
Many parts of movie-making were fascinating to me, similar in ways to studio shoots, but very different in ways, with more moving parts. A month later, Sports Illustrated Magazine published many of the photographs. The set was constructed in the basketball gymnasium of the University of New Orleans. It was an impressive construction that could have hosted a real championship bout.