The hubs and I have been spending the last few nights watching the first installment of Rocky. Gotta admit, when the hubs said lets watch Rocky, I was not excited. I thought the movie would be a bunch of dudes spitting, grunting, getting sweaty and touching each other. Fyi, if you haven't seen Rocky, its about boxing...not porn. Anyways, I was pleasantly surprised!
Rocky is just a good ole' Italian boy from Philly working part-time as a debt collector for a loan shark, and a "past-his-prime" boxer. Mick, his ex-trainer, always believed Rocky could have been something great, but Rocky didn't have the self-confidence or respect to train for something better than his reality. He often visits a pet store (he likes turtles like the Hubs!) and meets a shy, homely girl, Adrienne, that he falls in love with. Rocky's love and support helps Adrienne to open up to love and not be afraid to show her beauty.
Current world heavyweight boxing champion Apollo Creed comes up with the idea of giving an unknown a shot at the title. Apollo checks out the Philly boxing scene, and chooses Rocky. Then, Rocky is visited by his ex-trainer who wants to be Rocky's manager. Understandably, Rocky feels like Mick is just trying to use him because Mick took away Rocky's locker and dismisses him calling him basically a "loser." Rocky goes on a screaming rant, he's definitely got some daddy issues, but at the end of the rant, realizes that friendship and support from Mick is more important to him than his pride. So, Rocky starts training with Mick.
Rocky starts out his training and can barely run up some stairs. You are sitting there thinking, how is this guy ever going to stand a chance against the Champ, but after a lot of hard work, determination and support from Mick and Adrienne, he's finally ready for the match. This is his chance to fight and he wants to prove that he can go the distance with Apollo.
In the end, I'm not really sure if he wins or not. I don't think he won, but I realized that winning or losing wasn't the point of the movie. It's about believing in yourself and proving to yourself that you are worth something. I think its also about surrounding yourself with love and support. Before Mick and Adrienne, Rocky was alone with his turtles. But once he learned to love others and himself, he found something worth fighting for.