Cinema: Plastic Jesus

ROCKY II

Directed and Written by Sylvester Stallone

In Rocky II, Sylvester Stallone purports to be playing Rocky Balboa, the same long-shot prizefighter who "went the distance" in 1976. Don't believe it. After several years spent reading his own press clips, this star is now far too big to play a mere mortal from Philadelphia. There is only one role that can contain Stallone these days, and in his new movie he graciously undertakes the assignment. That role is God.

Rocky II is the most solemn example of self-deification by a movie star since Barbra Streisand's A Star Is Born. Though ostensibly the story...

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