A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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?
- In theaters: June 6, 2003
- On DVD or streaming: September 28, 2003
- Cast: Eva Mendes, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson
- Director: John Singleton
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Adventures, Friendship
- Run time: 107 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: street racing, violence, language and some sensuality.
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