Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 10 & under
Boxing Best Picture sets underdog-hero standard; drinking.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic underdog boxing tale includes plenty of boxing violence, plus a secondary character smashes up a room with a baseball bat when angry. This same character drinks heavily. Rocky and his girlfriend move in together.
Families can talk about the appeal of the underdog character. What other historical or literary characters fit this profile?
What messages did you take away from the movie about violence? What about love? Perseverance?
What cinematic techniques amp up the drama of this story?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Inspiring messages about hard work and perseverance, working toward a goal despite difficulties, the importance of love and companionship.
Positive role models: Rocky is an admirable underdog character. Though he drinks and smokes and has a difficult time verbalizing his thoughts, he cares about the people around him and gives them good advice. He is kind to those who have not always shown him respect and loves animals. His perseverance is inspirational.
What to watch for
Violence: Paulie becomes violent and trashes a room with a baseball bat. He is also verbally demeaning to his sister. The final scene includes a brutal boxing match.
Sexy stuff: Some kissing and minor sexual discussions.
Language: Infrequent language: "screw you," "a--hole," and "whore."
Consumerism: Not applicable
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Paulie is an alcoholic who carries a bottle of whiskey in his pocket. He often becomes hot-tempered or violent due to excessive drinking. Rocky smokes cigarettes and drinks, but quits both during training.