Fast & Furious 6

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Fast & Furious 6 Movie Poster Image
Sixth entry is pretty dumb, with lots of car crashes.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 130 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 36 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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.

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.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byJames L. December 9, 2017
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byChance M. August 6, 2017

Fast to deliver

This one was just fine and as good as the last one in the franchise. The villain this one (Owen Shaw) was an ex-military so it is quite a bit more violent than... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 27, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written byMarchewa September 18, 2019

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?

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