Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Charismatic stars in funny, exciting, violent F&F spin-off.
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 134 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 39 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Like other movies in series, this one is about "family." Though message is more emotional: Being in a family is less about action, more about communication, actually showing up for one another. "Frenemies" learn to set aside their differences, work together. Women are less objectified in this film than in previous ones, are stronger, more independent, with more personality.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It's hard to call the main characters role models, given the amount of sheer destruction they cause (with no consequences), but they do risk their lives to save the world and protect their loved ones, and they do stand up against impossible odds. Hattie is a very strong, tough, smart woman who's capable of fighting her own fights and makes her own choices.

Violence

Extremely strong, comic book/cartoon-style action violence. Guns and shooting. Torture. Explosions. Car chases and car crashes. Martial arts fighting, punching, hitting, etc. Minor characters are killed. Threat of a deadly virus destroying the world. Flamethrower. Painful operation on a cyborg, with his back sliced open.

Sex

Long, passionate kiss. Camera passes over a dancing woman's bottom. Cleavage on display. Sexual innuendo and sex-related language.

Language

Fairly strong language, with uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "c--k," "ass," "bitch," "bastard," "goddamn," "hell," "d--k," "balls," "wanker," "give a toss," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation). A character says "f--k," but it's muffled, and his mouth is obscured. A character makes a sexual gesture. One possible, obscured use of "c--t," but it's hard to be sure.

Consumerism

LinkedIn mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking; a character pours himself a pint of beer, and a character drinks a tumbler of whiskey and pours a comically large tumbler for a third character (who doesn't drink). A character downs two shots of alcohol at once. Characters open bottles and share what could be beers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a spin-off of the hugely successful Fast & Furious series, centering on the characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Expect the usual over-the-top amount of comic book/cartoon-style action violence: car chases and crashes, explosions, fights, guns and shooting, and torture (fairly mild). Minor characters are killed. Language includes a few uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and "bastard," plus one muffled, obscured use of "f--k" and a few other words. Characters drink socially (shots, beer, etc.). A couple shares a lingering, passionate kiss, and there's some flirting, innuendo, and objectification of women (the camera lingers on a woman's bottom in a dance club, cleavage is shown, etc.) -- but overall, women are stronger and more independent in this movie than in previous ones in the franchise. With bigger star power and less at stake, this turns out to be one of the better entries in the series.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byD818C August 14, 2019

Good girls night film

I went to go see this with a group of friends and we found ourselves laughing more than anticipated. Going in we thought this would be a typical action film but... Continue reading
Adult Written bylunapotter12 August 10, 2019

Great Message and Minimal Gore

A lot of these reviews are saying this movie is to violent for kids but the violence included is really just car chases and maybe a few punches throw. There are... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bygkm November 28, 2019

Better than any fast and furious movie

Hilarious and a great story. Usual PG-13 violence, with very little language.
Kid, 11 years old November 24, 2019

Best Film In The History Of Cinema

So Much Action And Language With Sooooo Much More Action! I Can't Wait To Watch It Again!

What's the story?

In FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW, MI6 agent Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) intercepts a deadly human-made virus, and -- under attack from rogue MI6 agent/super-powered cyborg Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) -- she injects it into her own body. Now she has 72 hours to figure out how to remove and contain it, or else it will kill her ... and then everyone else. Plus, Brixton is still hot on her trail. So federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and former assassin Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) -- Hattie's brother -- are called in to save the day. Due to their previous associations, the two hate each other and bicker constantly, but both are good at their jobs. They find a machine that can help Hattie and possibly save the world, but they'll need help from an unlikely place: Hobbs' family.

Is it any good?

This high-spirited summer action extravaganza delivers precisely what it promises: two great personalities, great stunts, and a little something extra. Hobbs & Shaw -- or, fully titled, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw -- narrows its focus to the most charismatic, and funniest, of the series' characters. Thus, it gets rid of the baggage of the worst entries in the franchise, including aggressive braggadocio, dimwitted writing, and a huge cast of half-baked characters that were stretched too thin. Now it's just Johnson and Statham, and they're perfectly matched, with both taking an appealingly tongue-in-cheek approach to their on-screen heroics.

The earlier Fast & Furious movies constantly, annoyingly reminded us of their so-called coolness; Hobbs and Shaw simply are cool. Plus, Elba makes a terrific bad guy, and Kirby is perhaps the most appealing woman in the entire series: She's strong, skilled, and smart and definitely has her own personality. Of course, the movie includes at least four huge action scenes that effortlessly elicit "whoas" and "wows" (especially one that takes place on the side of a skyscraper), as well as the usual "preparation" montages. But while the earlier movies frequently reiterated their theme of family through dialogue, Hobbs & Shaw manages to do it emotionally and organically, through character and interaction. Technically a spin-off, the movie ranks well above most of the series' "official" entries (though it's arguably the equal of series bests Fast Five and Furious 7).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Hobbs & Shaw's violence. How did it make you feel? Was it thrilling or shocking? Are there any consequences? Why is that important?

  • How does this movie continue on the series' theme of "family"? How is this one similar? How is it different?

  • Do the characters of Hobbs and Shaw represent an unrealistic body image? Are they inspiring in any way? Are they role models?

  • Are women objectified in the film? Are there strong female characters as well? What messages does the movie's portrayal of its female characters send about women?

  • How does this movie compare to the others in the series? What makes the series so popular?

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