What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grudge Match is a boxing comedy starring two actors legendary for their on-screen boxers: Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky). As one would expect from a boxing film starring older actors, there are a ton of age jokes as well as fights in and out of the ring (the two men are shown bloody and bruised by the end of the fight). There are a lot of references to weight, age, race, height, and sex (one character's name is B.J., which leads to a lengthy discussion of how much men like to "get" his name). One character is a borderline alcoholic, and the other can't let go of old hurts, but audiences will definitely cheer as the two epic actors get back in the ring.
  • Families can talk about the popularity of boxing movies. Why are they such a significant percentage of sports movies? What are some of your favorites?
  • How does seeing Stallone and De Niro duke it out challenge your ideas about the "elderly" and how they should act?
  • Does violence in the context of boxing or MMA or other sports have less of an impact than other forms of violence? Why?
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