Inspiring messages about hard work and perseverance, working toward a goal despite difficulties, the importance of love and companionship. Other themes include self-control and gratitude.
Paulie becomes violent and trashes a room with a baseball bat. He is also verbally demeaning to his sister. The final scene includes a brutal boxing match.
Some kissing and minor sexual discussions.
Infrequent language: "screw you," "a--hole," and "whore."
Paulie is an alcoholic who carries a bottle of whiskey in his pocket. He often becomes hot-tempered or violent due to excessive drinking. Rocky smokes cigarettes and drinks, but quits both during training.