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Rocky Balboa
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Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes, Milo Ventimiglia, James Francis Kelly III
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: MGM
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Kiddie Movie: If they're young, maybe they won't forget to keep fighting when they're old.
Date Movie: It's good for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: None.
Gratuitous Violence: About what you would expect from a "Rocky" movie.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: There's some good chuckles.
Memorable Scene: The training montage is as good as they come.
Memorable Quote: Nothing Rocky hasn't said before.
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Produced By: William Chartoff, Kevin King, Charles Winkler, David Winkler

Rocky Balboa
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:42 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I have to admit that when I first read that Sylvester Stallone was making another "Rocky" movie, this time, the one that would finally end the franchise, I, like most people, wondered "Why?" The last movie blew, especially since I read that the ending got changed tons of times, especially from the ending I thought would have blown the movie out of the water, with Rocky dying from his fight with Tommy Gunn. But buzz started about "Rocky Balboa," that it didnít suck, and you know what? It didnít. Hereís the storyÖ

Rocky (Stallone) is older now, and Adrian is dead. Heís running an Italian restaurant where he is happy to tell his boxing stories to anyone who will listen while they eat. His son, Rocky Jr. (Milo Ventimiglia Ė who you might now recognize from "Heroes"), is having troubles living under his fatherís shadow, and of course, resents Rocky for this. On the boxing front, Mason "The Line" Dixon (Antonio Tarver) is the champ now, but no one likes him, and there doesnít see to be anyone who actually has the talent to fight him. Paulie (Burt Young) is still grumpy. Rocky, meanwhile, also struggles with not having Adrian around, and on an anniversary tour through the neighborhood, finds himself at the old, local bar he used to visit, finding little Marie (Geraldine Hughes), whom he met years ago. Befriending her and her son, Steps (James Francis Kelly III), seems to give Rocky a new lease on life, or at least living, but itís not solving the fire that is deep in his belly.

Thankfully ESPN comes around to turn this fire into a raging inferno, as they debate, and computerize, whether Rocky or Mason is the better fighter. Suddenly Rocky wants to fight again, and when Rocky questions his decision to fight again, Marie is right there to remind him that he, is, a fighter.

And so, insert the training montage here, and itís the montage we like, itís the montage we wait for, and this one is up there with his beating the shit out of a side of beef in the original "Rocky," itís back to old school like when Rocky was training in the snow for his fight with Ivan Drago, and suddenly the doughy Rocky is transformed into a fighting machine.

The fight this time is between Rocky and Mason, and itís only an exhibition so that no one gets embarrassed. Mason thinks he is the shit, Rocky just wants to fight, and suddenly, of course, Mason learns a thing or two about really being a boxer, and Rocky shows the world old dudes can still beat up young dudes.

What makes this a great "Rocky" movie is because they keep things simple, like the original. Rocky is the underdog; Mason is the cocky champion. Rocky trains in the simplest of ways; Mason trains thinking the fight will be a cakewalk. The announcers are amazed at the shape Rocky is in; Mason isnít nervous about the fight. And the actual boxing match is kick ass, as both dudes beat the living daylights out of each other. I could have done without the artsy "black and white" stop images during the fight, but in the end "Rocky Balboa" does what the first "Rocky" did, having us hope Rocky can deliver that knock-out blow to put the "Champ" in his place.

I have to say that Sylvester Stallone, much to my initial dismissal of the movie, closed the series with a great ending (hopefully he wonít let this movie go to his head and try and write another). We have sappiness, we have inspiration, we have beating up a side of beef, we have a drunkení Paulie, we have a cute normal dudette, we have a great fight, we have a nice training montage, and we have a sequel almost as good as the original, missing only the rawness "Rocky" brought to the big screen.

I really enjoyed "Rocky Balboa," but the grittiness of the original was missing, which was the only issue I had. As such itís a solid 4 stars out of 5 for "Rocky Balboa." Hopefully this is the ending legacy that is "Rocky" because unlike #5, this is a good one.

It's not artsy.  It's not preachy.  It's just "Rocky."  Go and see it on the big screen - this one deserves it.

Thatís it for this one! Iím the Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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