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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family and friendship are important values.
Positive Role Models
Though the movie tries to show depth to the characters -- one mourns the loss of his father, another has ADHD -- the time devoted to the unrelenting car races and chases prevents any further developments. Despite being a gang leader, Dominic believes in loyalty to friends and family.
Main characters come from various racial-ethnic backgrounds and though they're gang members, they're also the film's heroes. Female characters are binary, either tough women with agency like Letty, or objectified eye candy in skimpy outfits that follow the cars and their drivers. Two women kiss (not romantically; it's done to excite racers -- most of them men). A character has ADHD.
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Violence & Scariness
Frequent street races and car chases. Pictures of a man after he was beaten in the face repeatedly with a wrench. A character gets a nozzle shoved into his mouth and is forced to drink motor oil. The same person is later kicked in the head. A trucker fires a shotgun at drivers trying to hijack his truck. Machine-gun fire in a drive-by shooting. A character gets hit in the head with a baseball bat. A fistfight results in visible blood. Explosions, but nothing graphic. Men grope at women's breasts and rear ends without consent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman's breasts are shown through a wet shirt. A woman tells a driver at the starting line of a street race that if he wins, he gets to have a threesome with her and another woman. Characters kiss passionately in a few scenes. Background characters also kiss in suggestive ways meant to excite the racers.
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The "N" word is used once. A character is called a "f--got." A couple instances of "f--k." "S--t," "hell," and "bastard" are all used. In one scene, two women are called "skanks."
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Products & Purchases
Corona beer bottles are prominently shown. A character drinks Snapple. Pizza Hut logo featured on a pizza-delivery vehicle. And the film itself is the first of many sequels.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink at a house party and smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Fast and the Furious is a heist film that spawned a franchise that includes sequels, spin-offs, and an animated series. Violence includes non-graphic shoot-outs that leave one character dead and another seriously wounded. There are photos of an injured man, though it's not gory. Characters drink and smoke. Corona beer seems to be an especially obvious product placement, and giving someone a beer is a gesture of honor and acceptance. Characters kiss, including same-sex kissing, and women are constantly objectified. Men grope at women's breasts and rear ends. A woman's breasts are shown through a wet shirt. A woman tells a driver at the starting line of a street race that if he wins, he gets to have a threesome with her and another woman. Characters use strong language, including "f--k," the "N" word, and "f--got." Characters are frequently in extreme peril, both in racing and in shoot-outs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This franchise starts with a bang, in what is one of the best executed action films of the early 2000s. Best remembered for its sleek cars, exciting races, and nonsensical plot, The Fast and the Furious should also be regarded for its inclusivity, as it has one of the most diverse ensembles in its genre.
Nothing in the film is supposed to be taken at face value, which is why the story is filled with cliches, borrowing from Western, police, and heist sub-genres, and its plots and twists can be predicted from a mile away. The point is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the wild ride.
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