Fast Five

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
High-octane heist sequel is violent but exciting.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 130 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 50 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The main characters engage in illegal activities so they can earn enough money to disappear and live comfortably for the rest of their lives. They plan to steal from a Brazilian gangster, but that doesn't necessarily make their crime more acceptable. Although they work together and solve problems, they also create rampant destruction and violence with no consequences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters may seem "cool," but they're lawbreakers and troublemakers. They don't act responsibly, and they leave a trail of violence without any consequences. On the plus side, they do value family, and they work together well.


Lots of big, powerful guns are pulled, and many minor characters are shot and killed. Not too much blood is seen, though a supporting character dies of a bloody gunshot wound. Some brutal fistfights. Mostly, the movie focuses on rampant destruction, smashing up cars, buses, trains, bridges, buildings, and just about anything else that gets in the way.


The main couple kisses often. Also lots of sexual innuendo and many shots of women wearing tight clothing (or very little clothing). Women are treated as sex objects in this movie.


One "f--k" and several uses of "s--t." Other words include "goddamn," "ass," "prick," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and "son of a bitch."


Plenty of fancy, fetishized cars are on display.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main characters drink beer on more than one occasion, but never to drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fast Five the fifth in a series of action movies that began with 2001's The Fast and the Furious. This one is more of a heist movie than a slam-bang racing movie, but it's still heavy on violence. Property is destroyed more frequently than people, though many minor characters are shot and killed (one bloodily), and there are some brutal fistfights. Language includes one "f--k" and several uses of "s--t." There's social drinking, kissing between a couple, and many scantily clad women on display and treated as sex objects.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJason Michael D. January 27, 2019

The Best In The Series

Fast Five is A Great Hiset Movie And A Great Fast & Furious Movie
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byChance M. August 24, 2017


I knew the others in the series were bad so when I saw this one I wasn't really expecting anything good but this isn't about racing cars in cliched ra... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byShelton W November 28, 2011

Most Action Packed Movie Of The Series...

Fast Five Is A Edge Of Your Seat,Action Packed Stunts,And Violence Which Would Want You To See More Of It.Very Good Movie With Awesome Action,And Bloody Brawls... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 1, 2021

One Of The Best In The Franchise

this movie is tied at first with the original movie. it is good. fine for kids. racing violence

What's the story?

After the events of Fast & Furious, Dominic (Vin Diesel) is arrested and sent to prison in FAST FIVE. So his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and her ex-cop boyfriend, Brian (Paul Walker), break him out and hightail it to Rio to hide out. There, they get involved in a car robbery that goes badly; to avenge themselves and earn enough money to clear their tarnished reputations, they assemble a team and plan to steal a fortune from a local gangster (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, this involves breaking into police headquarters. Worse, a gung-ho cop (Dwayne Johnson) is after them and won't stop until they're caught.

Is it any good?

Despite the movie's overlong feel (it clocks in at 130 minutes) and its general lack of originality or responsibility, it has enough slam-bang, popcorn-munching action to keep most fans happy. After practically sinking the series with the terrible The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), director Justin Lin refreshed things by changing the series from testosterone-fueled car racing action to Ocean's Eleven- and Italian Job-style heists. Fast Five, like the previous films, still objectifies women and features lots of car chases, but at least it also has some clever stunts and amazing set pieces.

In particular, there's a great bungled robbery in which the thieves try to steal three cars from a moving train; and then, at the climax, we get a has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed robbery involving two supercharged cars. These moments are beautifully handled, more so than the more typical shaky fight scenes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Fast Five's violence. How did it affect you? Does it seem at all realistic? How does that change its impact?

  • How does the movie treat women? Do you think they're included because of who they are or how they look? What effect does this have on a female audience's body image? What effect does it have on a male audience?

  • What makes these characters sympathetic -- even heroic -- even though they steal and destroy things? Can you think of other movies where "bad guys" are the heroes?

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