The Fate of the Furious

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
More of the same over-the-top, consequence-free action.
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 136 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 31 reviews

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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.


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).


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins August 22, 2017

Cartoonish action flick feels like a jobs program for underworked actors.

Aside from Duane, most of these actors are riding this franchise to death because it's all they have (and probably happily doing so). The villain even gets... Continue reading
Adult Written byUsername101 April 16, 2017

Most over the top and hilarious action movie i've seen.

There is a scene where a guy guns down like 20 people while taking care of a baby, enough said watch it.
Teen, 16 years old Written byraziuddin.mahmood April 22, 2017

A fun, crazy, entertaining summer popcorn flick :)

The Fate of the Furious (or Fast and Furious 8) is the newest installment is the Fast and Furious franchise that has continuously evolved within each film, brin... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHarry.trax April 13, 2017

Bigger action and destruction in the new Fast And Furious 8 !

Violence and Gore : 4/5
Sex and nudity : 2/5
Language : 3/5
Frightening images and Terror : 2/5
Total : 11/20 Age : 13+

What's the story?

In THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are enjoying their honeymoon in Havana when he's approached by a mysterious evil computer hacker called Cipher (Charlize Theron). She has some kind of dirt on Dom, so she forces him to work for her (and betray his team), helping her get her hands on nuclear weapons and launch codes. But the secret agent known as "Mr. Nobody" (Kurt Russell) recruits the remaining team members to stop Cipher and get Dom back. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham), ready to pound each other, reluctantly set aside their differences to help; also along for the ride are Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), and Mr. Nobody's trainee (Scott Eastwood). But are they ready for an entirely new level of motorized mayhem?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Fate of the Furious' over-the-top violence. How did it affect you? Does it seem at all realistic? Are there any consequences? Why is that important?

  • 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?

  • What does "family" mean to these characters? Is it OK that a baby is (theoretically) endangered in one sequence?

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