Rocky III

1982 PG 1h 39m DVD

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Rocky III

1982 PG 1h 39m DVD
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Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring. But after a pounding by powerful young Clubber Lang, the humbled champ turns to former rival Apollo Creed for help in regaining his form.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie, in typical Hollywood fashion, glorifies the brutal sport of boxing as the way our champ hero proves his intrinsic worth. While previous films in the Rocky series (and other boxing dramas) showed the wounds inflicted and talked up the long-term physical damage associated with pugilism, this one shows the two-fisted violence with no consequences. It's more like pro wrestling -- which, by the way, got a big plug, with cameo by Hulk Hogan -- and should probably be put in the same class.

Sexual Content

Both the villainous Clubber Lang and a pro wrestler named Thunderlips boast of their sexual prowess. Scantily clad girls are ringside.

Violence

Rocky and Clubber Lang take a pounding in their fight scenes, and Rocky gets tossed around by a wrestler. Still, it's more cartoony and WWE-like than bloody.

Language

Trainer Mickey says "hell" a lot.

Social Behavior

Rocky Balboa remains a hero here, literally star-spangled, and Apollo Creed has also turned into a good sport. In fact, they're pretty much too good to be true, with the nemesis Clubber Lang such a figure of pure evil he may as well breath fire. There's an uncomfortable racial subtext in the gentlemanly white boxer vs. the bestial black one, though Apollo Creed as a mentor figure takes some nasty edge off.

Consumerism

Rocky is shown on a spread of real-life magazine covers and there's a montage of him as an advertising pitchman.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Recreational drinking and smoking, mostly by Rocky's brother in-law, who gets drunk at one point and thrown in jail.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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