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Rocky IV
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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

Note: The number at the beginning of each section refers to how explicit that aspect of the film is on a scale of 1-10. The fraction at the end of the Frightening/Intense Scenes category is the total sum of all the sections out of the highest sum possible (50) and therefore an approximation of how much explicit content of any kind is in the film.

Rating: 0/10

None.

Violence & Gore

Rating: 5/10

In the first major boxing fight of the film, a powerful Soviet boxer, Ivan Drago, faces Apollo Creed. During the first round, Apollo hits Drago with a few punches, but he feels no pain. Then, Drago proceeds to land brutal devastating punches to Apollo, even after the bell. We see blood and cuts of Apollo's face at the end of the round. In the next round, like the end of the previous round, Drago relentlessly keeps hitting Creed with brutal punches and hits one final punch to Creed which not only knocks him out, but kills him. Creed then dies in Rocky's arms after the match. The bloodied face of Apollo is see quite a lot throughout the scene.

In the climax of the film, and the most major boxing fight of the film, Rocky faces Ivan himself. Throughout the rounds we see clips of punches to the face, the two brutally beat each other and Rocky is seen having a few bruises on is face and Ivan has a cut on his. On the final round Rocky keeps hitting Ivan relentlessly and knocks him out.

Profanity

Rating: 2/10

Mild language but definitely nothing too offensive.

Rating: 3/10

Paulie smokes a few cigars.

A close-up of brief steroid use.

Rating: 5/10

Apollo Creed is knocked out and beaten to death during the 2nd round against Ivan Drago, and dies in Rocky's arms, this may be upsetting. The boxing matches are very brutal which maybe unsettling to a few. The film has a very loose theme about conflict between between the Americans and the Soviets because the film is set during the peaks of the Cold War and the crowds at both fights are very hostile and this may unsettle some.

Total content:15/50

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