Furious 7

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Bigger action, more bonding in Paul Walker's final movie.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 137 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 39 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

More so than in the previous movies, the characters swear by their "family" bonds and vow to protect each other. But their brand of "teamwork" usually involves splitting up (and tons of consequence-free destruction). One character leaves his wife and son behind to help out, but eventually learns that his true place is with them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though they've turned into a team of near-superheroes, these guys are still outlaws who cause endless destruction without any consequences. Michelle Rodriguez and Nathalie Emmanuel are strong, smart female role models, even though the movie does objectify them physically. No women whose bodies aren't unrealistically bikini-ready are included in the movie.

Violence

Frequent, outrageous, over-the-top action sequences. Dead bodies. Bombs, grenades, and explosions. Constant car chases and crashes. Fighting with fists and blunt instruments. Bullets fired. Martial arts fighting. Car skewered with tree trunk. Cars falling from cliffs.

Sex

Dozens of women are shown in revealing bikinis. Some strong innuendo.

Language

One use of "f--k," and more frequent use of other words, including "s--t," "sumbitch," "bitches," "goddamn," "damn," etc.

Consumerism

Corona beer is shown and mentioned more than once. Lots of car brands.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character drinks and talks about his favorite Belgian beer. Another character drinks (and prefers) Corona.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Furious 7 is the seventh movie in the massively successful and increasingly popular Fast & Furious franchise. Like the others, it has tons of over-the-top, outrageous action violence (with the biggest stunts ever for the franchise), including fighting with fists and weapons, car chases/crashes, explosions, gunfire, and character deaths. Women are viewed as objects, frequently appearing in bikinis (women with normal/realistic body types don't appear) -- but the central female characters are also strong and smart. Language isn't constant but does include uses of "s--t," "bitch" and one "f--k." Star Paul Walker died during production; his scenes were completed with digital magic and stand-ins. The movie has more focus than earlier installments on the meaning of family, but characters still don't face any consequences for their violent, destructive actions.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byDan G. April 7, 2015

I'm a fan of the Furious movies, but they have objectionable content for children

A lot of bad behavior is passed off consistently as honorable in this movie series. When criminals are treated as heroes, your children will aspire to be crimi... Continue reading
Adult Written byMediaReviews May 24, 2020

Good but NOT FOR KIDS

Suggests that family is more important and teamwork being the key to success. This is all well and good but it should not be watched by kids due to the level of... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAwkwardTinTin April 15, 2015

Unrealistic but exciting action followed by incredible tribute

I saw this movie recently, just shortly after opening night, I hadn't read any reviews as I wanted to experience the entirety of the film myself. I have se... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJflores14 April 4, 2015

Crazy good action film proves both violent and emotional

This action film is visually stunning and presents important themes about family. Kids, teens, and adults are sure to love this incredible movie!!!!
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What's the story?

In FURIOUS 7, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) visits his brother, Owen -- the defeated villain from Fast & Furious 6 -- in the hospital, vowing revenge against the intrepid team of main characters. Shaw attacks, succeeding in killing one team member. The rest -- Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), and Tej (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) -- rally together, while Hobbes (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) lies in the hospital with two broken limbs. Meanwhile, a mysterious secret agent (Kurt Russell) offers the team help in getting Shaw, but only if they'll rescue an important kidnapped hacker, Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel). On top of everything else, this puts yet another bad guy (Djimon Hounsou) on their trail.

Is it any good?

Talented horror director James Wan takes over the Fast & Furious franchise helm and brings a definite freshness to it in the seventh installment. The action scenes have more gleeful energy and absurd humor, and there are more showstoppers than ever before. Additionally, the characters are less about machismo and more about "family" bonding. This element is likely due to Walker's untimely death; his presence lends the movie an elegiac tone. (With the aid of digital magic, Walker's brothers stood in for the actor's uncompleted scenes.)

All that said, Furious 7 keeps up the series' unfortunate take on women as objects; no female appears who doesn't look good in a bikini. It's also the longest movie in the series so far, and it can't keep up the pace for two-plus hours. The energy eventually flags, and the explosions grow tiresome -- which is too bad, since the blocky, chunky writing could easily have been trimmed. But there's a spectacular 90-minute action movie hidden somewhere within...

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Furious 7's over-the-top 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 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? Does it present an unrealistic body type? Are there any positive or strong female characters? What are their admirable traits?

  • Why do you think the Fast & Furious franchise is so popular? What's appealing about it? What are its drawbacks?

  • How does it feel to watch Walker in the movie knowing that, in real life, he passed away? What do you think he'll best be remembered for?

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