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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
More so than in the previous movies, the characters swear by their "family" bonds and vow to protect each other. But their brand of "teamwork" usually involves splitting up (and tons of consequence-free destruction). One character leaves his wife and son behind to help out, but eventually learns that his true place is with them.
Positive Role Models
Though they've turned into a team of near-superheroes, these guys are still outlaws who cause endless destruction without any consequences. Michelle Rodriguez and Nathalie Emmanuel are strong, smart female role models, even though the movie does objectify them physically. No women whose bodies aren't unrealistically bikini-ready are included in the movie.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent, outrageous, over-the-top action sequences. Dead bodies. Bombs, grenades, and explosions. Constant car chases and crashes. Fighting with fists and blunt instruments. Bullets fired. Martial arts fighting. Car skewered with tree trunk. Cars falling from cliffs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Dozens of women are shown in revealing bikinis. Some strong innuendo.
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One use of "f--k," and more frequent use of other words, including "s--t," "sumbitch," "bitches," "goddamn," "damn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Corona beer is shown and mentioned more than once. Lots of car brands.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character drinks and talks about his favorite Belgian beer. Another character drinks (and prefers) Corona.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Furious 7 is the seventh movie in the massively successful and increasingly popular Fast & Furious franchise. Like the others, it has tons of over-the-top, outrageous action violence (with the biggest stunts ever for the franchise), including fighting with fists and weapons, car chases/crashes, explosions, gunfire, and character deaths. Women are viewed as objects, frequently appearing in bikinis (women with normal/realistic body types don't appear) -- but the central female characters are also strong and smart. Language isn't constant but does include uses of "s--t," "bitch" and one "f--k." Star Paul Walker died during production; his scenes were completed with digital magic and stand-ins. The movie has more focus than earlier installments on the meaning of family, but characters still don't face any consequences for their violent, destructive actions. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Talented horror director James Wan takes over the Fast & Furious franchise helm and brings a definite freshness to it in the seventh installment. The action scenes have more gleeful energy and absurd humor, and there are more showstoppers than ever before. Additionally, the characters are less about machismo and more about "family" bonding. This element is likely due to Walker's untimely death; his presence lends the movie an elegiac tone. (With the aid of digital magic, Walker's brothers stood in for the actor's uncompleted scenes.)
All that said, Furious 7 keeps up the series' unfortunate take on women as objects; no female appears who doesn't look good in a bikini. It's also the longest movie in the series so far, and it can't keep up the pace for two-plus hours. The energy eventually flags, and the explosions grow tiresome -- which is too bad, since the blocky, chunky writing could easily have been trimmed. But there's a spectacular 90-minute action movie hidden somewhere within...
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