By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Tired fights, crashes, explosions in first of two-parter.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Consistently for the franchise, the theme here is "family" -- although now the main goal is to protect your family from constant threats, rather than loving, enjoying, or appreciating them. And while there's definitely teamwork in play, much of it involves excessive violence without many consequences.
Positive Role Models
It's hard to consider the main characters role models, given the sheer, consequence-free destruction they cause, but they do risk their lives to save the world and protect their loved ones and stand up against impossible odds. And there's a lot of teamwork.
Dom (Vin Diesel, who describes himself as "of ambiguous ethnicity") is the clear leader. Other key cast members include Jason Momoa, who's Native Hawaiian, Native American, and Irish; Michelle Rodriguez, who's Dominican and Puerto Rican; Nathalie Emmanuel, who's of Dominican and Saint Lucian descent; Sung Kang, who's Korean; Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson, who are both Black; Daniela Melchior, who's Portuguese; and Rita Moreno, who's Puerto Rican. Women are smart and self-sufficient, but at least some of them are also objectified.
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Violence & Scariness
Tons of over-the-top action violence, destruction. Guns and shooting. Car crashes. Huge runaway bomb (on fire for a while). Missiles. Explosions. Characters die (off-screen). Fighting, martial arts. Characters slammed against hard surfaces. Stabbing. Some blood shown: scratches, bullet wounds, etc. Villain stabs a man, licks the blood from the blade. Eye-gouging. Villain "hangs out" with and talks to two corpses, dead bodies whose eyes and mouths have been propped open with tape. Characters crash through glass windows; character throws a handful of glass into another's face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters kiss and caress each other. Women objectified: The camera leers at women's bottoms and legs as they dance. Villain paws at a young woman and licks her face. Sex-related dialogue ("the carpet matches the drapes").
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Sporadic uses of "s--t," "bulls--t," "goddamn," "bastard," "son of a bitch," "butthole," "oh my God," "damn." A young boy starts to say "shi-" twice but stops or is stopped.
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Products & Purchases
Bottles of Corona beer. Characters play a Hot Wheels video game. Part of an extensive entertainment franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking: beers in a bar and at a barbecue. A character eats a "fun muffin" and experiences brief LSD-like effects, which quickly go away.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fast X is the 10th official entry in the Fast and Furious franchise (not counting Hobbs & Shaw), as well as the first half of a two-parter (it ends on a cliffhanger). It doesn't fully satisfy, but there are still enough wild stunts to keep fans eager to spend time with Dom (Vin Diesel) and his found family. Violence is typical for the series, with nonstop over-the-top, cartoonish action mayhem. Expect guns and shooting, fighting, kicking, slamming, stabbing, car crashes, explosions, a runaway bomb, and more. Characters seemingly die (off-screen). The villain (Jason Momoa) stabs someone and licks the blood from his blade and also talks to two corpses he has propped up in chairs, with their mouths and eyes taped open. Sporadic strong language includes "s--t," "goddamn," "bastard," "bitch," etc. Two characters kiss and caress each other, and -- even though some of the movie's female characters are self-sufficient and smart -- there's objectification of women's bottoms and legs during a race. Adults drink beer socially, and a character eats a muffin that causes a brief LSD-like effect.
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What's the Story?
In FAST X, a new villain, Dante (Jason Momoa), emerges. He's seeking revenge on Dom (Vin Diesel) and everyone Dom loves because Dante blames Dom for the death of his father, Reyes, in Fast Five. Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), and Han (Sung Kang) are called to go to Rome to steal a powerful computer chip, but the job is actually a trap set up by Dante. After a huge bomb is detonated, the team is made to look like terrorists, with Dom as their leader. They lose their protection from The Agency, and their bank account, too. Meanwhile, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is arrested and winds up in a secret prison, while Dom's brother, Jakob (John Cena), rushes Dom and Letty's son (Leo Abelo Perry) to a safe place. Now off the grid, the team must try to reunite, even as the sociopathic Dante seems to anticipate their every step.
Is It Any Good?
The 10th official movie in this wildly popular franchise -- the first of a two-parter -- has the same, now somewhat tired formula: travel, stunts, fights, explosions, crashes, "family" talk, repeat. In Fast X (the marketing team missed a chance to play with the phrase "Fast-Ten your seatbelt!"), the oft-repeated "family is everything" theme is now mostly about protecting your family and how much it hurts to lose loved ones (even though most of the characters who were once thought dead are actually alive). The stunts are bigger, of course, but they still seem derivative of past set pieces. And Momoa's Dante acts almost exactly like Batman's foe the Joker, dancing, giggling, wearing flouncy, clownish outfits, spouting endless one-liners, and behaving ghoulishly; it's all pretty shopworn. (Cena, on the other hand, offers some of the movie's warmest, funniest moments, playing the "cool uncle" in charge of protecting his nephew.)
While the movie occasionally, slyly makes fun of itself, that's not enough to break it free from its slavish devotion to the franchise's hit recipe. And after more than two hours, Fast X ends on a cliffhanger! Still, it's all so exhausting that even that may make you yearn not for more, but rather for a true and proper ending to this decades-long story.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Fast X's violence. How did it make you feel? Was it thrilling or shocking? Are there any consequences? Why does that matter?
How does this movie continue with the series' theme of family? How is this one similar to those that have come before it? How is it different?
How are women portrayed in the film? Did you notice any objectification? Agency? What messages does the movie's portrayal of its female characters send about women?
Do you consider any of the characters role models? How can they be heroes if they're destroying millions of dollars' worth of property?
- In theaters: May 19, 2023
- Cast: Vin Diesel, Jason Momoa, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson
- Director: Louis Leterrier
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- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- Run time: 141 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: intense sequences of violence and action, language and some suggestive material
- Last updated: June 2, 2023
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