Three years and ten successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky’s trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to regain his title.
Rocky has had ten title defenses and a newcomer, Clubber Lang, “a wrecking machine,” according to Rocky’s manager Mickey, wants to fight and dethrone Rocky. Mickey does not want Rocky to mix it up with Lang, believing Lang is too tough to defeat. Rocky suffers a personal loss as well as losing his championship to Clubber Lang. Apollo Creed shows up with the idea of training Rocky to regain the eye of the tiger, so as to reclaim his championship. Can Rocky defeat Lang the second time around?
In the beginning of this film, the character of Paulie is jealous of Rocky and he’s been drinking, and he destroys a pinball machine with Rocky’s image on it. Rocky goes to bail him out of jail. He tells Rocky his feelings have been ignored. Rocky replies that everyone has feelings, and Paulie says, “To h*ll with everybody,” and Rocky replies, “Maybe it’s to h*ll with you.” Rocky teaches Paulie that he owes it to himself to do his best and Paulie’s attitude changes and he goes to work for Rocky. Because of this redemptive change in Paulie’s attitude, the film has many positive elements in it, such as dealing with death and trying again after a defeat but due to excessive strong language we cannot consider the film family friendly.