A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Definitely promotes the ideas of "family" and "loyalty," although what that actually means to the characters is up for debate. They stick up for one another and refuse to abandon one another. But they don't always seem to trust each other, and they're all prone to excessive violence without much in the way of consequences.
Positive Role Models
The main characters cause untold destruction and wound/kill as many of their foes as necessary, without any consequences. But they're undoubtedly on the side of good, and their teamwork and loyalty are as strong as ever. Some are also trained/skilled warriors, which could inspire teens to think about fitness and/or training. The cast is a pretty diverse bunch.
Violence & Scariness
Constant over-the-top action sequences, with tons of destruction, crashed cars, explosions, etc. Also guns and shooting (characters break out of prison and wound/shoot/kill a lot of other prisoners and authority figures). Blood splatter against a wall. Some characters die. Frequent fighting, with characters beaten senseless. A baby (somewhat) in peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Main married couple shown in bed together, kissing/being close to each other. Other kissing/flirting (mostly for show, as part of the plot). Scantily clad women are objectified, looked up and down by camera. Character's bottom is partly visible under a short skirt.
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One use of "f--k," plus several uses of "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," as well as "bitch," "wanker," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
A Coca-Cola can comes in handy during a race. Coke bottles are also shown in other sequences. Apple iPhones shown. Brief reference to Cheesecake Factory. Taylor Swift references.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Fate of the Furious is the eighth movie in the hugely popular Fast & Furious action series that began in 2001. As usual, expect tons of over-the-top action sequences, with outrageous stunts, crashes, explosions, fighting, and beatings, as well as some guns and shooting. Characters die, and a blood splatter is shown; almost none of the violence has consequences. A baby is somewhat in peril in one sequence. Language includes one use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and more. Women are objectified/shown in revealing clothing; one woman's bottom is visible under her short skirt. Two characters, now married, are shown in bed together, kissing; one also kisses someone else (mostly for show, as part of the plot). Essentially, it's all more of the same, so fans of the series probably won't be disappointed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like other recent movies in the popular franchise, this one settles into effortless cruise control, escalated only by its extravagant stunt sequences. So The Fate of the Furious doesn't really do anything different, but it also won't disappoint. The previous film, Furious 7, was arguably the best in the adrenaline-fueled franchise to date; now director F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton) takes the wheel, and while he doesn't explore any new territory, he also doesn't sputter out.
The characters are now older (most are around 40), and their need to out-cool each other has subsided, replaced by loyalty and family bonds. (The villain in this piece, played by a cool Theron, is a direct threat to the team's family and their deals.) While the movie still occasionally objectifies women -- and still doesn't seem to care much about story, dialogue, or smarts -- The Fate of the Furious has at least four truly amazing, spectacular action sequences; their very ingenuity and the enthusiasm with which they're carried out are infectious. It's hard not to smile.
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