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(2006), PG [13-PG*] (1hr 36min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Rogue Marble, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Revolution Studios, Chartoff-Winkler Productions
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Director(s): Sylvester Stallone
Producer(s): William Chartoff, Kevin King, Guy Riedel, Sylvester Stallone, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler
Written by: Sylvester Stallone
Cinematography/Camera: J. Clark Mathis
Music: Bill Conti
Film Editing: Sean Albertson
Casting: Diane Heery, Sheila Jaffe
Production Design: Franco-Giacomo Carbone
Art Direction: Michael Atwell, Jesse Rosenthal
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
None of the fire of most of the previous Rocky shows. None of the energy. None of the "eye of the tiger." In a couple places even the polyphony of the theme song was not the same. Well? It is not so much a sequel of or capitalization on the previous Rocky shows. It is more of a closure. This 2006 version is reported to be the last Rocky. I doubt Stallone could take it again. It is time to say goodbye to the leg breaker, to the Italian Stallion, to Philadelphia's favorite son. Might as well. Phil took his statue down. In the final scene, Rocky visited his wife, Adrian's grave again. As viewed from her grave, when Rocky walked away he turned back toward the grave and waved goodbye. His goodbye wave is probably more of a prophetic goodbye to all the Rocky fans than a stage maneuver.
In this final installment in the Rocky franchise boxing sportscasters aired a computerized speculation of the outcome of a fight between the reigning world champion, Mason 'The Line' Dixon (Antonio Tarver) and Rocky. Rocky won. Dixon could not take the ridicule of such a public insult. An exhibition fight is arranged.
Along the way, Marie (Geraldine Hughes), the little girl that cussed out Rocky in the first Rocky, is now a grown woman with a son of her own. In spite of the difference in years a tenuous relationship builds between her and Rocky. Hiring Marie as the Maitre d' for his restaurant and giving her teen son a job there doesn't hurt the relationship. But it reaches only a friendly kiss. Bless you, Sly.
I am not going to go into the usual level of detail regarding the plot and story since this report is being posted on opening day. Let me now get to the main reason for this service: to tell you, mom/dad, the details about the content that you might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether this film is fit for your family.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The only violence in this 96-minute film is boxing violence. A lot of it but not as much as nor as graphic as in other Rocky shows. But other than the boxing violence there is none other than Rocky explaining with a touch of physical emphasis that a street punk needed to shut his mouth -- which he did.
This film uses 15 examples of profanity, once by a teen. [Prov. 22:11, Col. 3:8]
Sexual Immorality (S)
The only sexually immoral content was the use of a scantly dressed woman as a toy or an ornament -- a "boxing ring babe" who carries the round number sign around the ring.
This film is heavy in presentation of booze, bars, drinking, drunkenness and smoking, most of it by Paulie (Burt Young). Not a good behavioral template for youth at all [Eph. 5:18]. Indeed, the American College of Physicians (ACP) found from a study of over 1400 middle school students that an undeniable link exists between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.
Offense to God (O)
Rocky Balboa includes the use of God's name in vain WITH the four letter expletive. Only once but once is once too many. Such a choice on the part of the writers (in addition to choosing to include 15 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary) is quite impudent and hateful to God's wishes of us to use gracious speech, this being a PG film notwithstanding. How can we expect our youth to be and stay rid of "filthy communication" with such cinematic teaching inundating the PG crowd? [Luke 17:2] Little do so many people seem to understand that God takes great offense to the use of His name in vain. [Deut. 5:11] God, after all, sent His only Son to be killed for our sake. And not only was His Son killed for our sakes, His Son spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. God is entitled to "a little respect" where "a little respect" would be better said "love with all our hearts." And remember, using His name in vain includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.
There were no murders or suicides noted in the entire film.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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