Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Boxing Best Picture sets underdog-hero standard; drinking.

PG 1976 119 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 87 reviews

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age 13+

Lots of inappropiate things. Domestic and sexual violence. Not for 11 years old.

We're usually on the permisive side and let our 11 years old kid see movies rated for 12 years old. But in this movie there are several things that we think are better suited for 13 years old minds. They say whore several times, talk about girls that are whores if they are in the street with young men. 12 years old teenagers are drinking in the street, there's a lot of swearing too. But for me the worst part is the violence against women that is displayed in several scenes, in different degrees: not only verbal but also with violence, and not only from Rocky's friend but also from Rocky that forces her in several negative ways: not letting her leaving his appartment when she tries to, and somewhat forcing her be kissed by him: all behaviors that have been proven to be sexual violence. With a 13 years old, that knows more about sex and about sexual behaviour and what can a cannot be accepted is possible to explain the innapropiate behaviours they are seeing, and can better understand what is going on. The movie is also very slow for 11 years old with the boxing action just at the beggining (5 minutes) and at end of the film (15 minutes). Our kid was absolutely bored.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 15+

Inappropriate Treatment of Women!

Something that seems to be glazed over in other reviews is the totally abusive treatment of Adrian by her brother and the absolutely inappropriate scene in Rocky's apartment after his date with her. There is no sex or nudity, but she says no to him multiple times and tries to leave. He prevents her from leaving and blocks her in, then forces a kiss on her. She relents and they end up together, but this is definitely something young boys and girls should know is NOT right or appropriate. No means no.
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