A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows how grit, determination, perseverance can take someone just as far, if not farther, than natural talent and intelligence. Rocky loses his edge but regains it through grueling workouts, practice. Movie shows incredible amount of training, hard work required to be a successful athlete.
Positive Role Models
Rocky Balboa is one of the greatest underdog characters in movie history. He isn't the smartest, and he isn't the most naturally talented boxer, but he proves the naysayers wrong through grit, determination, perseverance. Rocky trains hard, undergoes hours of grueling workouts, refuses to fall in the ring, no matter how badly he gets beaten up by Apollo.
Violence & Scariness
A lot of boxing violence. Rocky and Apollo take a pounding in their fight scenes. Both are beaten to a pulp and bloodied.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate kissing on Rocky and Adrian's wedding night. When shady figure from Rocky's past suggests he invest the money he made from his first fight against Apollo into condominiums, Rocky answers, "I never use 'em."
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Infrequent mild profanity: "hell," "damn," "crap," "Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Champagne and beer drinking. Cigar and cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rocky II is the first of many sequels in the Rocky franchise. There's a lot of boxing violence: Rocky and Apollo beat each other to a pulp, with blood running down their faces. The toll boxing is taking on Rocky's health is a major theme -- there's talk of the injuries Rocky has sustained, and that if he continues to fight, there's a chance he could go blind. The movie also explores what happens when people don't "make it" in professions where the odds are long; families can talk about the challenges that not just boxers, but other athletes and artists, face when pursuing their passions, and about how Rocky realizes what he has already figured out: He's born to box. Infrequent mild profanity includes "hell," "damn," "crap," and "Christ." Rocky inadvertently makes a joke by confusing the word "condominiums" with "condoms." Rocky is also shown trying to overcome the difficulties he has when trying to read. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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