Two boxers, Henry 'Razor' Sharp (played by Sylvester Stallone) and Billy 'The Kid' McCone (played by Robert De Niro) have a rivalry that has lasted their whole lives without resolution. Both were named Lightweight Boxing Champions of the World. Both had almost undefeated careers except that each one lost one fight to the other. They never had the final re-match to determine who was the better fighter and this final showdown has been delayed for thirty years.
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The son of the famous fight promoter Dante Slate, Jr. (played by Kevin Hart) gets the idea to promote a match between the aging men to answer the questionm once and for all, who is the better fighter of the two. At first the old guys are reluctant to agree having both left their fighting careers behind them long ago. But Dante is insistent and he stirs up past rivalries and they old guys agree to fight once again. Henry gets his aging trainer out of a nursing home to help him prepare for the fight. Billy gets the help of his estranged son who he fathered with Henry's girlfriend which is the reason Henry gave up fighting long ago.
At first the public has little interest in a fight between old men way past their prime until a bunch of videos are posted on the Internet showing their personal confrontations that go viral. Dante exploits everything and the fight becomes a sell-out because of it, but the problem is that Henry is actually blind in his right eye because of an industrial accident. Henry re-ignites his love with his old girlfriend Sally (played by Kim Bassinger) and even though they both know he is risking his life to fight with his one eye being blind, the fight goes ahead anyway, because it is Henry's chance to finally make things right.
Best part of story, including ending:
It is great to see the old guys of Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro trying to get back in shape because that gives hope for all the other old geezers out there.
Best scene in story:
I like when they are talking about how the son got named "BJ" and Henry tells his grandson that "BJ" stands for butterscotch jellybeans and that even though many men want them, most girls do not necessarily want to give them.
Opinion about the main character:
There are two main characters in this movie and both are likeable in their own ways. Each one has a personal triumph at the end and neither one is a loser.