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Rocky II Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 10+

Sly sequel is as predictable as a gym workout.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know the movie, typical of Hollywood, glorifies the brutal sport of boxing as the way our champ hero proves his value and his "heart." Of course -- especially coming off the last movie -- there are other ways, like getting a good job or learning to read, that Rocky (played by Sylvester Stallone) could have shown his worth, but the screenwriter (played by Sylvester Stallone) and the director (played by Sylvester Stallone) arrange circumstances so that Rocky has only one option: fighting.

  • Families can talk about the differences between the honorable lug Rocky and the strutting, vain, vengeful Apollo Creed. Rocky remains completely complimentary to Creed all the way, even thanking Creed for the rematch in which his enemy plans to destroy him. How often do you see athletes behaving so gallantly in movies, where opponents are routinely demonized as vengeful, comic-book villains, not respectful competitors? How about in real life? Also of note, kids with reading and/or vision problems might relate to Rocky's struggles in that arena.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Rocky Balboa is the symbol of an underdog with a big heart and a rough start in life. He remains a good sport, a noble guy, and an observant churchgoer.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Rocky and Apollo take a pounding in their fight scenes.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: "Hell" mainly used by Rocky's crusty trainer Mickey.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Recreational drinking and smoking, mostly by Rocky's brother in-law.