Tag: Rocky Balboa

Rocky V Movie - 1990 Film

Fight Like a Man: ‘Rocky V’ and ‘Rocky Balboa’

“Fathers make sense when we can reduce them to symbols, but the actual business of parenting is so defined by ‘feminine’ qualities — emotional openness, compassion, gentleness, patience — that we often struggle to correlate them with a father figure.”

John G. Avildsen Essay - Rocky

Fight Like a Man: The ‘Rocky’ Series and Masculinity

“The ‘Rocky’ films have given us great heroes. Their protagonists are sweet and kind, courageous and indominable. They have given us so much to cheer for. But they’ve also grown out of an idea of masculinity that is deeply, meaningfully flawed.”