Parents' Guide to

Rocky II

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Predictable sequel is still enjoyable; boxing violence.

Movie PG 1979 120 minutes
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This sequel is very similar to the first film, except this time around it feels like Stallone's rabid fans got to vote on the ending. Cornball complications are made palatable by Stallone's decent direction in Rocky II. He knows the lovable-lummox character thoroughly, and he puts so much joy into the performance that we end up following Rocky and Adrian from Palookaville to Cliché-ville in spite of ourselves.

Rocky's almost too good to be true here, saying nothing but nice things about Apollo Creed, even thanking Creed for the rematch in which his fearsome enemy plans to humiliate and destroy him. Watching Rocky Balboa embodying good sporting conduct does give one cause to reflect how often opponents in sports dramas are demonized into monsters rather than respectful competitors.

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