2 Fast 2 Furious

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Extremely violent sequel is sexist and dumb.
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 33 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages in this one. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters and the action they get into are too unrealistic to be seen as positive role models. 


Frequent car races, chases, and crashes. A man is tortured by getting tied up and then getting a rat placed on his exposed chest with a bucket over the rat and a man threatening to heat the bucket with a torch so the rat chews through the bucket toward the man's private parts. Guns are pulled, pointed at heads and chests. A fistfight is encouraged as a way for two characters to try to make amends. 


Frequent sexual references and innuendo. Women are often objectified, scantily clad. 


Frequent profanity. "Bitch," "s--t," "damn," "ass," "d--k." Spanish profanity. Women are referred to as "potential" by the two lead male characters. 


A Pepsi billboard is prominently displayed. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne drinking. Cigar smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 2 Fast 2 Furious is the 2003 sequel to The Fast and The Furious. Unsurprisingly, just as in the original movie, there are frequent illegal street car races, often resulting in accidents and reckless driving. There is frequent profanity, including "s--t" and "d--k." Though there are two strong female characters, women on the whole are little more than bikini-clad objects who exist to dance around the racing cars while the men slap their behinds or refer to them as little more than "potential." The two lead characters settle their grudges by getting into a fistfight. Lots of gun violence. In perhaps the most disturbing scene in the movie, a man is tied down with a rat placed on his chest. The rat is covered by a bucket, and a man threatens to heat up the bucket so the rat chews through the bucket and attacks his private parts. Overall, this movie is little more than an exercise in "car porn," with the story being little more than an excuse to get to the fast driving. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byParent 1234 July 29, 2020
Adult Written byTV-007 May 24, 2019
Kid, 11 years old July 3, 2017

Not as good as the first

This movie is definitely not as good as the first but still pretty good. Not the best plot line. The first is WAY better. There are some dumb parts but it is s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bynatedogg March 7, 2009

best movie

this movie was amazing and with ludacris in it. smart

What's the story?

In 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, Paul Walker plays Brian O'Connor, who walked away from his job as an undercover cop in L.A. at the end of The Fast & the Furious. Now he lives in Miami and races on the streets for money. When given a choice between being arrested or going undercover to get the goods on a sleazy bad guy, Brian agrees to pose as a driver, so long as he can team up with childhood pal Roman Pearce (R&B star Tyrese, the only actor in this mess who shows any presence or class). Yes, there's some history the two of them have to work through; yes, the bad guy (Cole Hauser, barely registering on-screen) gives them a test run to prove themselves; yes, the other undercover cop is a gorgeous babe who may be so far undercover that she can't be trusted; and yes, there are lots of chases, races, and what Roman refers to as "Dukes of Hazzard stunts."

Is it any good?

This movie has numbingly inane dialogue, and for a story about people who are in love with machinery, it's also absurdly low-tech. In one completely idiotic scene, the bad guy tortures a policeman with a metal bucket, a huge rat, and a torch. 2 Fast 2 Furious takes the least interesting character from the first film and puts him into a dumb undercover story that feels like a rejected script for Miami Vice. Talented writer-director John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood, Shaft) is really slumming here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sequels. Why was 2 Fast 2 Furious made?

  • What are the ways in which women are objectified in this movie? Are they ever shown as strong and independent? 

  • Is violence shown as a last resort in this movie, or is it glorified and shown to be the best solution to any given problem? 

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