There was a time when the idea of pitting Robert DeNiro against Sylvester Stallone in a boxing movie would have been a pretty exciting proposition. Unfortunately, at this point I think it’s safe to say that time has passed. Sure, Stallone proved that he could still get in the ring with Rocky Balboa back in 2006, and maybe if this was a gritty drama about old athletes grappling with their mortality it could still work. Unfortunately, this isn’t Raging Bull vs. Rocky, it’s just a goofy sports comedy called Grudge Match.
The basic premise actually seems similar to Rocky Balboa in that a video game provides the inspiration for two old rivals to come out of retirement. However, the tone couldn’t be any more different. Too bad all of the comedy is completely groan-inducing. Jon Bernthal plays DeNiro’s son, Alan Arkin plays a trainer and Kevin Hart is a wily promoter. Grudge Match is directed by Peter Segal (Get Smart) and it hits theatres on Christmas Day; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.