Creed

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Feel-good Rocky-saga drama is both a hit and a miss.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 95 minutes
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 19 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Loyalty has its rewards, especially when it comes to friends who've become like family. And hard work and perseverance will be rewarded if they come from the right place and with the best intentions. Self-control is an additional theme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rocky may no longer be an unrelenting fighter in the ring, but he's still the same generous, big-hearted, and humble guy that he was in the previous movies. Adonis has a chip on his shoulder about being Apollo's son and has demons to silence, but he's well-intentioned, kind, and determined to succeed -- and to work hard to get there. 

Violence

Pummeling action in the ring (body blows, face punches, sounds of cracking bones) can get quite bloody and is painful to watch. One character is shown as a young child dealing with stressful situations with his fists. Lots of trash talk between boxers. A character deals with cancer treatment (sad moments).

Sex

One scene shows a couple presumably having sex; viewers see some skin, the back strap of a bra, and kissing. 

Language

Language includes one "f--k," plus "ass," "s--t," "son of a bitch," the "N" word, "damn," "hell," "oh my God," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Consumerism

Labels/brands seen include Nike, Dell, Samsung. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character leaves a bottle of liquor to salute a hard-drinking friend who passed away long ago. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Creed, a compelling continuation of the Rocky saga starring Michael B. Jordan as Apollo Creed's son, Adonis Johnson, has boxing at its center, which means plenty of scenes of often-brutal fights: body blows, face punches, blood everywhere. The story is driven forward by a traditional hero's journey, which will likely appeal to teens. There's a romance that includes some kissing and groping (nothing too graphic), and you can expect some strong language (including "s--t," "oh my God," the "N" word, and one "f--k").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16 year old Written byretailsolutions November 30, 2015

Looks like this needs to be the last one

Decent plot with Apollo's son, but the same thing 8,9 times in a row gets old property management
Parent of a 7 and 12 year old Written byDad1000 May 28, 2016

Better then the original

I was not expecting much going in,but boy was I wrong.this one is better then the original! Ok if older then 10
Kid, 9 years old November 25, 2015

Feel-good, but brutal and sometimes gory boxing movie has sex.

This boxing drama focuses on a man named Jon, but he is only 20, or 19 years old. He is a boxer in training, who knows he's the son of the famous boxer, Ap... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAge review kid November 29, 2015

Disappointing Rocky flick is heavy on violence light on fun

My rating:PG-13 for MMA sports violence,thematic elements and brief strong language

What's the story?

Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his father, boxing legend Apollo CREED; Apollo died before Adonis was born (the boy was the product of an affair). After Adonis bounces around from one group home to another, Apollo's widow (Phylicia Rashad) takes him in, providing him with a loving family and the education to pursue what she hopes is a journey different from his father's, who died because of a difficult fight. But Adonis is Apollo's son through and through, and soon the young man, who's boxing under the radar in Mexico, feels called to the ring. He quits his investment banking job and moves to Philadelphia, where he hopes to make a name for himself outside of the Creed legacy and under the tutelage of Apollo's former foe and later friend, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). But earning his stripes means facing not just other established fighters, but his own demons. 

Is it any good?

This movie has elements that are terrific, no question, but it disappoints, too. But it's still well worth seeing, if only to witness how Rocky's cinematic and boxing legacy continues. First, the good stuff: Decades after the first Rocky hit the big screen, the pull of the franchise endures. When Stallone makes his first appearance, it's hard not to root for him. We've known this character for years, and there's something fundamentally appealing about him.

Adonis, meanwhile, is much more complicated and -- at least in the way Creed unfurls his story -- not as accessible (this despite Jordan turning in an outstanding performance). As he's written, Adonis isn't as complexly rendered as he deserves; we don't get to know him as deeply as we did Rocky, and therefore we aren't as invested in him as we should be. He comes alive when he's in the ring, as the star of a Rocky movie should (though nostalgia buffs will wish they'd hear more of the iconic theme song), thanks to fight choreography that taps into both the balletic and brutal elements of the punishing sport. But Adonis also needs to be compelling away from the ropes. A hero's journey deserves a hero who's mesmerizing; through no fault of the talented Jordan, Adonis still stands in the shadow of Rocky Balboa. But perhaps our standards have been raised too high by a classic that, though schmaltzy, maintains its place in the heart of filmgoers who grew up on these films?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Creed fits into the Rocky legacy. What themes of the previous movies does it also address? How does it depart from its predecessors?

  • Does the movie glamorize the sport of boxing (and the violence inherent in it) or provide an even-handed view of it? How does this kind of violence compare to what you might see in an action movie? Which has more impact, and why?

  • Is Rocky a role model? What do Rocky and Adonis bring to each other's lives?

  • How do the characters in Creed demonstrate perseverance and self-control? Why are these important character strengths?

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