A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Fast Girl's overall takeaway is about the transformative power of perseverance and believing in people, and giving them a chance to prove themselves. It's also about facing the things that can hold you back in life, such as old wounds, longstanding fears, or societal messages that you aren't good enough. A main character "borrows" cars by pretending to be a valet, without consequence.
Positive Role Models
Alexis is a determined, if rebellious, young woman who never loses focus on her goals. Her uncle Bill is a protective, caring presence in her life. Maddie is a caring friend who stands up for Alexis. Darryl is a sensitive, genuine, and respectful young man.
Violence & Scariness
A key plot point in the movie is the loss and violent death of a parent, which is shown when main character Alexis recalls her father's death in a fiery crash on the racetrack via flashback.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In a minor scene, a man and woman kiss.
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The movie has a few instances of cursing: "damn" and "jackass."
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Products & Purchases
Car makes and models are discussed frequently in the film, and the race cars feature advertisements for car, tire, and oil manufacturers, however, these placements primarily function to realistically recreate an authentic racing culture. Budweiser beers are also featured prominently in one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one scene, a woman goes to a bar and orders a few beers, and is shown tipsy at the end of the night, slurring her speech.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fast Girl centers heavily on, and opens with, the violent death of a parent. This is shown in flashback and is discussed throughout the movie. There is a minor scene involving a female adult drinking at a bar, who is later shown to be tipsy. The film also deals with several instances of sexism and prejudice toward women's capabilities, and the main character is known for "borrowing" fast cars by pretending to be a valet so she can sneak in racing practice -- this is shown without consequence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
FAST GIRL offers little in the way of surprises, but it's a pleasant, largely wholesome movie about racing. It has a mostly admirable female character whose determination presents a nice counter to the tired, predictable, sexism of racing culture. The film's premise of a father's death as the reason behind the main character's hangups on the track makes this story more suitable for older kids. Plus, there's a bar scene where drinking turns a character tipsy which may warrant further discussion.
Kids will enjoy the racing action and fast cars, and teen girls may appreciate watching a back-talking young woman best her male detractors. Parents who like racing may find the cars and action a perfectly passable distraction for a family comedy, in no small part because of the surprise acting chops of American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini in the role of fellow race car driver Darryl.
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