I think this movie will win some awards, for either supporting actor/actress or possibly even best picture.
It's really in spirit of the first two installments of the Rocky franchise.
Rocky appears to live in a very rundown little house similar to what he had in the first movie. However, Rocky owns his own restaurant and is very hands on, entertaining patrons with stories of his boxing days. Name of the restaurant? I'm sure I don't need to tell you that...
Rocky befriends a young girl who viewers might remember from Rocky I. The girl Rocky walked home and told to get her stuff together? She's back. Her husband has walked out on her and her kid, and Rocky becomes a friend to them both.
A computer simulated fight on ESPN pitted Stallion against the current heavyweight champion (played by real life boxer Antonio Tarver) Mason Dixon, and the results of the matchup showed Rocky winning.
Balboa is presented with the prospect of fighting Mason by his entourage and the fight is setup.
All the talk is about how Stallion is washed up and will get pounded, and of course that is what Stallone thrives on.
I give it 5 gloves out of 5
(Admin note - spoiler text added because that's just a little too much given away, even with the "spoiler" in the thread title for a film that was over a week before wide release.)