Fast & Furious 6

  • Review Date: May 22, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sixth entry is pretty dumb, with lots of car crashes.
  • Review Date: May 22, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The good guys swear by their "family" in this movie, although there's an awful lot of splitting up, as opposed to teamwork. Characters disappear to take care of various errands alone and are asked to leave their families (including newborn infants) behind to go on dangerous missions. But the message here is still arguably better than in some of the earlier movies in this series.

Positive role models

Other than characters with various skills (science, driving, etc.) and some tough women who can take care of themselves, these folks are mostly violent criminals who leave destruction in their wake. That said, the series' diversity is worth noting.

Violence

Lots of cars blow up, as well as a huge plane and a tank. Some characters die, but others emerge with just a few scratches (if any). There's a great deal of fighting, kicking, punching, and beating with various objects, but it's all done in an over-the-top, cartoonish way. No one really ever seems to get hurt, though one character gets a broken nose, with a little blood shown. Some guns and shooting. One character is shot in the shoulder (no blood), and another character is shot with a kind of high-tech harpoon.

Sex

Women are objectified, frequently shown in revealing outfits or bikinis. In one scene, a main male character is shown in bed with a girlfriend. Both are naked but are arranged so that nothing sensitive is shown. Another character is shown taking four women on a "date" in his private jet. In another scene, male and female characters compare scars, requiring them to pull back certain items of clothing an inch or two. Otherwise, romantically involved couples are seen kissing/touching from time to time.

Language

One use of "f--k," and more frequent use of other words, including "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," "bitch," "goddamn," "ass," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).

Consumerism

The Dodge Charger is referred to by name a couple of times. In one scene, a character shoots a vending machine, and a large selection of (free) candy bars is on display. A Coke machine stands next to it. Characters frequently drink Corona beer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters are shown drinking beer in a few scenes, in a social way. No one gets drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fast & Furious 6 is the sixth movie in the long-running series that began with 2001's The Fast and the Furious. Like its predecessors, it's focused on car chases, explosions, and objectifying women. There are tons of exploding vehicles and lots of violent fighting, plus some shooting and some death (though very little blood). There are some minor sexual situations, but no actual nudity is shown. Language is somewhat strong, including one "f--k" and several uses of "s--t," "a--hole," and "p---y." Characters are seen drinking Corona beer from time to time. The previous movie, Fast Five, reinvigorated the series and became its biggest hit, so teens are likely to be all fired up for this one -- though it's not as good from a story perspective.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The gang is all retired now that Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have a new baby. But Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) tracks down Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) with some startling news: His girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who had been presumed dead, is very much alive. She's now working for international bad guy Shaw (Luke Evans), whom Hobbs is trying to catch. So Hobbs, Dom, and the rest of Dom's old team (including Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Gal Gadot) join forces to take down the villain -- and hopefully bring Letty home.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Whatever burst of energy or bit of luck director Justin Lin had on the last movie in the series, Fast Five, it's now past. Fast Five was the first genuinely decent movie in this franchise, inserting the old characters into a suspenseful new heist story with amazing set pieces. But with FAST & FURIOUS 6, things have gone back to normal -- which is to say, awfully dumb.

To start, the testosterone-fueled dialogue and behavior make little sense. If you start asking questions about what anyone is doing in this story, it just falls apart. For example, why does Brian travel all the way from London to Los Angeles to break into prison to obtain information that he already knows and that doesn't help? Plus, the imaginative action from the last movie is gone, replaced by the usual jerky footage that seems designed more to cheat logic than to thrill. (Though there's one pretty amazing rescue scene.) Even the performances seem forced and clunky. This series could have gone out with a bang, but now it's just a whimper.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Fast & Furious 6's violence. How did it affect you? Does it seem at all realistic? How does that change its impact?

  • Are any of these characters role models? How can they be heroes if they're also international thieves and criminals who end up destroying millions of dollars' worth of property? Can you think of other movies where "bad guys" are the heroes?

  • How does the movie portray women? Does it objectify them? Are there any positive or strong female characters? What are their admirable traits?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 24, 2013
DVD release date:December 10, 2013
Cast:Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel
Director:Justin Lin
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Cars and trucks
Run time:130 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language

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Teen, 14 years old Written byThatGamingCat May 24, 2013
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10
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Great Movie! But parents be cautioned!

It is very very good movie! But parents be cautioned this movie does contain a fair amt. of language and sexual material. But it is a great action movie,with a great
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byShivom Oza May 24, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Review by Shivom Oza – Crashes And Burns!

In this film, all the members of the crew, who had given up the ‘fast and furious’ life post their Rio heist, come together to bring down a mercenary organization, led by British Special Forces soldier Owen Shaw. The SIXTH film in the ‘Fast & Furious’ series, ‘Fast & Furious 6’ is another example of how the makers are running out of stories to tell. The only good element about this film was the dialogue. Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, who play Roman Pearce and Tej Parker respectively, share wonderful camaraderie. The rest of the film is tepid, to put it mildly. Even the car-chase and fight sequences leave a lot to be desired. Not that one should look for logic in a ‘Fast & Furious’ film, but this one is devoid of entertainment as well. As we had learnt in the end credits of the last film in this franchise, Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) former girlfriend Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), presumably dead, turns out to be alive. In this film, we learn that she has lost all her memory and is now a part of Owen Shaw’s (Luke Ewans) gang. Owen Shaw, a former British Special Forces soldier, now leads a deadly gang which is causing much trouble for Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Hobbs convinces Toretto to join this mission of nabbing Shaw and his gang, by letting him know that Letty’s still alive. Toretto convinces his now-retired friends to take part in this mission and so, they begin their quest to get Letty back. Although the premise of the film is quite promising, the screenplay is just not gripping enough. There are a couple 7-8 minute car-chase sequences, which really begin to test your patience, as you’ve seen them all before. The action is ridiculously over-the-top (Yes, even for a ‘Fast & Furious’). There’s a scene in which Toretto gets catapulted at least 40-50 metres from his car and he manages to get hold of Letty, who gets thrown out of a speeding vehicle (a TANK, for God’s sake!), mid-air! Of course, both of them conveniently fall atop a bonnet of another car and end up absolutely bruise-free. Such moments were hilarious, rather than thrilling. The one thing that you always look forward to in such a film, which is the soundtrack, also turned out to be a dampener. The movie falls short on all counts. The only saving grace was the final scene, which is the prelude to the next film. There’s a big surprise in store, but it’s too little and too late. Not worth sitting through two hours of the film itself, certainly! Avoid the film. You’ve seen it all before. Shivom Oza
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old May 30, 2013
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14
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Loved IT!!!!1

Fast and Furious 6 was great and had great scenes and lots of cool cars. There is some sexuality but not much. Profanity is on the stronger side, with the uses of F#!K once. P**sy used once. and S**t used many times. I would say if you want to take your kid. Be prepared to take your kid out of the theater.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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