Creed III is a real knockout, delivering a powerful storyline and exceptional cinematography. Is Creed 3 kid-friendly? I’m breaking down all of the thematic elements, including its PG-13 rating, in my Creed III Parents Guide and Movie Review. Here’s what parents need to know to help YOU decide if it’s appropriate for kids. As always, no spoilers!
Creed III Parents Guide + Review
Michael B. Jordan doesn’t hold anything back in his directorial debut, Creed III, proving he’s just as good behind the camera as he is onscreen. The third installment in the Creed franchise delivers a compelling story from start to finish.
Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is living a great life in his retirement from boxing. He spends most of his time at Creed Athletics, training the next generation of elite boxers, and spending time with his wife Bianca (Tessa Thompson), and daughter, Amara (Mila Davis-Kent). Things get shaken up a bit when he’s reconnected with someone from his past.
Damian (Dame) Anderson (Jonathan Majors) has just been released from serving 18 years in prison. He’s an old friend from Adonis’s childhood and a former boxing prodigy. He’s looking to make up for lost time and claim what he believes is rightfully his. Damian is determined to be a champion, and he won’t stop until he achieves his purpose.
Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors are Extraordinary Onscreen
The chemistry between Majors and Jordan is beyond compare. It is evident these two established actors truly put in the work to exhibit this undeniable chemistry. Creed and Dame have history together, and with that comes a lot of unprocessed trauma. Feelings are resurfaced on both sides, and you can’t help but have a sense of understanding for each character.
Being locked up for 18 years, Dame feels abandoned by his childhood friend. He is resentful of Creed, and feels like he stole his life. Even though Damian is technically the “villain,” it’s easy to understand where he’s coming from. Majors does a phenomenal job in his role enabling us to be engulfed in his emotions.
Adonis has literally blocked that part of his past out, and in turn, this opens up a lot of unprocessed feelings. He is struggling with guilt and needs to really recognize those feelings in order to forgive himself.
Standout Supporting Cast
Tessa Thompson steps back into Bianca Creed’s shoes like no time has passed. There is no denying the chemistry between her and Jordan. When the two of them are onscreen together, it’s pure fire.
Newcomer Mila Davis-Kent portrays the Creeds spunky and adorable daughter, Amara. You can’t help but smile when she’s onscreen, as her character is truly a bright light. Amara is deaf and the family communicates by sign language. Mila is also deaf in real life and I feel like the casting director of Creed 3 needs a major shoutout for this representation.
It is clear that a lot of thought went into the production of Creed III. The cinematography is truly eloquent and portrayed beyond perfection. The fighting scenes are filmed to next level and with such precise accuracy when in the arena. You can almost feel the jabs and taste the blood. From the slow-motion shots, to the blurred vision, sweat beads, and more, you will feel like you’re right in the arena.
Is Creed III Kid-Friendly? Here’s Your Parents Guide:
Creed III has an MPA rating of PG-13 for intense sports action, violence, and some strong language. It has a runtime of 1 hour 56 minutes. Creed 3 starts off strong and dives right into the story, so there’s no downtime. If your kids are fans of the Rocky movies and looking forward to seeing Creed 3, there are a few things parents will want to know.
Creed III is very violence heavy, and should be expected as such being a boxing movie. However, boxing aside, there are other moments to be aware of. There are kids fighting and throwing punches, and a gun is pulled on a character.
There is profanity in Creed III. Major words include one F-bomb and an abundance of the N word, specifically in song lyrics. Other words include: ass, Hell, and shit.
Sex is not shown but is implied and there is mention of getting someone naked. There is also death of a parent and bullying in school.
If your children have seen the other Creed and Rocky movies, then they will probably enjoy Creed 3. However, if they’re new to the franchise, then I’d recommend Creed III for ages 13 and up.
Do you need to watch the other Creed Movies before Creed 3?
I would consider Creed III a standalone film. I don’t feel you necessarily need to watch the first two movies beforehand to understand the story of Creed 3. Of course if you are familiar with the Creed and even Rocky movies, you might have a better appreciation of Creed III. I think one of the biggest things to know is thad Adonis Creed is the son of Apollo Creed from the Rocky movies.
Michael B. Jordan brought the big guns with his directorial debut in Creed III. He didn’t play around and really showed us exactly what he’s capable of, both onscreen and behind the camera. Creed III provides an impactful and emotional story from start to finish, delivering punch after punch. The themes of redemption, forgiveness, and standing up for what is right, are incredibly relevant and offer a message we all need loud and clear. Majors and Jordan’s performance is unparalleled and second to none. Cliche as it sounds, Creed III is a real knockout.
Creed III Synopsis
After dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has been thriving in both his career and family life. When childhood friend and former boxing prodigy Damian (Jonathan Majors) resurfaces after serving a long sentence in prison, he is eager to prove that he deserves his shot in the ring. The face off between former friends is more than just a fight. To settle the score, Adonis must put his future on the line to battle Damian–a fighter who has nothing to lose.
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