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Still shot from the movie: Rocky Balboa.

Rocky Balboa

After a lengthy absence from the ring, Sylvester Stallone steps back into the character of Rocky Balboa, as an actor, scriptwriter and director. This time the aging boxer attempts to take a swing at midlife challenges, a stand for self-respect and a knockout blow to self-pity. This is no small feat --but the comeback match and the movie champions them all. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Theater Release: 21 Dec 2006
Video Release: 19 Mar 2007
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Mason Dixon has a management team that looks for ways to improve his image and bring in more fights. How do those promoters compare with the long-time friends that support Rocky in his comeback?

One boxing coach says an athlete needs to be tested and challenged in order to know what they are made of. How does that apply to all people? What can a person learn about him or herself when faced with opposition? What challenges does Rocky overcome?

What are some of the difficulties inherent with aging? What are some of the benefits? Why does Rocky no longer care about what others think of him?

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