A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
What's the story?
The gang is all retired in FAST & FURIOUS 6, with a new baby for Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster). 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- In theaters: May 24, 2013
- On DVD or streaming: 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
- Last updated: April 16, 2020
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