Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant. His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town.
“Rocky lV” has one profanity which prevents it from being Dove approved, using God’s name in vain. This one has two of the same word or it would have been otherwise approved. It is a shame that these inspiring films “almost” make the cut. But many other films in Hollywood fall just short as well. This film includes a good story, showing the character of Rocky losing his wealth and going back to his roots in the streets of Philadelphia. He learns some lessons by the end of the film as does his student-gone-bad, Tommy Gunn. A final “Rocky” film is in the works for late 2006 or early 2007. We sincerely hope it will be awarded Dove’s family-friendly seal, as “Rocky lll” is currently all by itself.