Rocky

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 88 reviews

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age 16+

Sexual violence scene easily misinterpreted by young people

As mentioned in other reviews, there is a very problematic scene between Adrian and Rocky. They are in his apartment and she says several times that she's uncomfortable and wants to leave. He corners her and kisses her, and she finally succumbs to desire. This is meant to show how Rocky is a great guy who overcomes a timid girl's resistance. But, as my husband (who is a criminal law professor) said, Rocky's behaviour constitutes sexual assault under the law. The scene was obviously written by a man who does not understand the power dynamics between men and women. Boys who watch this and emulate this behaviour can get into a lot of trouble, and girls may also absorb dangerous messages from this scene. A child watching it this movie needs someone to explain to them that Rocky's behaviour is not acceptable, and that women would not react the way that Adrian does in this movie. Her reaction to his kiss is a fabrication that perpetuates dangerous myths about women. As another reviewer said, we need to teach our boys that no means no. This movie does the opposite. Please beware.
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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
1 person found this helpful.

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