this film has the worst dialogue i have ever seen. worse than 'star wars III: return of the sith'. that bad. i've never seen a full room of people laugh out loud at non-comedic moments like this.
stallone sounds like a stroke victim for 98% of the film (with dialogue to match), paulie has become a racist nutcase (who probably kills rocky's black protege with a knife shortly after the closing sequence), loads of close up shots of the opponent guy's face despite the fact he is REALLY cross-eyed, the premise is INSANE, the ending is a massive anti-climax...
...this film angered me. i expected to be awful and yet somehow it still got to me.