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Rocky Balboa | 2006 | PG | - 1.4.4

Years after his last triumph, and now a widower, former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) runs a successful restaurant and struggles to spend more time with his now adult son. But something nags at him when sports commentators begin to suggest that if he were to box the current heavyweight champ, Rocky might actually win. So, he decides that he has to try and comes out of retirement, challenging the champ to a match. Also with Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia, Antonio Tarver and Geraldine Hughes. Directed by Sylvester Stallone. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Bikini clad women walk the round cards around a boxing ring, boxers are shirtless, and women wear low-cut dresses in several scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - During an extended boxing match many hard punches land: one fighter is knocked to the mat once and then again, one fighter breaks his hand, one fighter is punched hard in the face (his head whips around and blood sprays out of his mouth), one fighter has a bloody nose, and one has a bloody eye.
 During a boxing match one fighter is knocked out and falls to the mat, the audience becomes angry and begins throwing ice into the ring, striking the fighters.
 A man shoves a man against a wall and forces him to apologize for being insulting to a woman.
 A woman says abusive things to a man after he says that he will not buy her a drink in a bar.
 Slabs of beef hang from hooks in a meat packing plant and a man practices boxing with one piece (we see meat become bloody and his hands).
 A computer generated boxing match shows a fighter being punched and knocked out.
 A man and a young man go to a dog pound where we see several abandoned dogs in cages.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 2 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for the vertically challenged, name-calling (fool, creep, crazy old man, coward, Rockysaurus, bum, dumb, pig), 1 religious profanity.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in a bar scene, and people drink alcohol in a few restaurant scenes. A man takes a bottle of alcohol and walks to another room, presumably to drink it.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a spouse, grief, sequels, boxing, success, helping people, pride, challenges, ego, disappointment, winning, losing, business.

MESSAGE - You can't have a life if you don't believe in yourself. It ain't over 'til it's over, but some film series never seem to be over.

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