The Fast And The Furious Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Lately we’ve heard a lot about how movie studios are putting the brakes on marketing R-rated material to children. After screening this teen testosterone tale, I’m convinced Hollywood has its foot on the wrong pedal.
An over-revved movie about an undercover cop (Paul Walker) who becomes involved in the lives of illegal street racers while he looks to bust a gang of truck hijackers, the movie delivers high performance stunts with low octane acting and a script so full of plot holes that I suspect the real Fast and Furious were the writers attempting to flesh out a story that is based on a magazine article.
Trying to fill the void created by a handful of characters left flat with tough guy lines like, “You want time? Buy the magazine!” the creators turned to one of Hollywood’s favorite spare tires: Violence. Containing two major scenes detailing how to steal a truckload of DVD players the hard way (by hijacking a truck on the freeway and eliminating the driver), a drive-by shooting with motorcyclists brandishing automatic weapons, a torture sequence where a man held at gun point has motor oil pumped down his throat before being forced to kiss the feet of his assailant, and a myriad of high speed chases with wheelmen shooting at each other while rocketing down city streets, I was convinced the biggest stunt of all was getting the MPAA to license this killer as PG-13.
Young viewers are also treated to a full tank of profanities, gambling, typecast portrayals of scantily-clad car-adorning women who are referred to as “trophies,” two females engaged in a passionate kiss, and villainous characters who are exclusively Asian in this glamorization of crime.
To keep the lawyers happy, Universal Studios includes a small “don’t try this at home” disclaimer buried near the end of the closing credits. Unfortunately, I was the only one left in the theater reading it. The rest of the teens surrounding me were already on the road home.Directed by Rob Cohen. Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez. Running time: 106 minutes. Theatrical release June 22, 2001. Updated July 17, 2017
The Fast And The Furious
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Fast And The Furious rated PG-13? The Fast And The Furious is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence, sexual content and language
Overall: D This PG-13 film is possibly the most violent one we’ve reviewed in this category to date. Detailing the lives of illegal street racers, the movie contains violence, heavy amounts of profanity, and many examples of criminals who are lauded as heroes. In addition, some viewers may see the many scenes portraying scantily clad women adorning cars and Asian street gangs as derogatory.
Violence: D- The characters depicted in the following violent scenes experience little or no consequences for their actions and criminals are often represented in an empathetic way: Gang of people hijack a moving truck by shooting a hook through the windshield into the passenger seat and then climb aboard, driver is overpowered when he attempts to beat attacker with object, dangerous driving by truck and pursuing cars. Man drives fast and dangerously down a public street and loses control of his car. Two men begin fighting on a street. Female driver makes condescending remark to female spectators. A huge illegal street race is depicted with cars driving at 140 mph on city streets. Street racers and spectators scatter at imminent arrival of police. Man engages police in high-speed chase causing property damage and likely injuries to police (although these are not seen). Motorcycle gang with guns surround driving car and force it to drive into their “headquarters.” Men repeatedly shoot car, causing it to dramatically explode. Police with guns drawn pull over a male driver. Policeman breaks glass to gain entrance into a building. Man hit on head and knocked unconscious. Gang leader holds gun to man’s head and makes demands, then physically begins knocking this man around (with help from other gang members), they forcefully pump motor oil into the man’s mouth and throat, the man is then forced to kiss his attacker’s feet at which moment he is kicked in the face. Picture seen of a man who has been severely beaten—besides cuts, his eye is badly damaged. Man discusses the death of a racecar driver and admits to beating the man who accidentally killed the driver. Police with weapons aggressively burst into a home and business to apprehend criminals. Man repeatedly punches another man. Woman punches a man. In another intense truck-jacking scene, the driver fires a large shotgun repeatedly at a man attempting to gain entry into the cab of a moving truck leaving him dangling from a steel cable wrapped around his blood covered arm; the driver shoots at another man attempting to save the wounded attacker and at a car driving beside him, sending it crashing on the side of the road; another car’s tire is shot out. Policeman aims a gun at another man who is holding a large rifle. Men drive by a house and repeatedly shoot automatic weapons at those standing outside—one man is seen being shot. Very high-speed chase throughout residential neighborhood with people shooting at each other. Man in car deliberately runs into a pursuing motorcycle causing it to crash. Man shoots another motorcyclist causing him to crash into a wall—audience sees him lying on road—presumably dead. Two men race their cars down a street toward a railroad crossing with a train approaching. During a street race, a man hits the front of a large truck, sending his car into a serious accident—driver gets out and walks away with a large cut on his face.
Sexual Content: C- Movie contains many shots of “car girls” in various wardrobes that reveal cleavage, all of their legs, navels, etc. Woman puts male car driver’s hand on her breast and tells him whether he wins or loses he can have her, but if he wins, he can have her and another girl that she motions toward. Man refers to a woman as his trophy. Man mentions a bad business deal resulted from sleeping with another man’s sister. Girl removes shirt and briefly exposes her naked back to the audience. Two girls kiss passionately. Girl sits seductively on man’s lap. Man briefly kisses another man on the top of his head. Unmarried man and woman seen in bed together implying previous sexual activity—they kiss passionately.
Language: D At least: 1 sexual expletive, 30 moderate profanities, 20 mild profanities, 7 terms of Deity used as expletives or profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ Many people drinking at a party, characters are offered a beer. Man smokes cigarette. Man asks for a cigarette while another man is seen smoking. Man smokes a large cigar.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for The Fast And The Furious after the break...
The Fast And The Furious Parents' Guide
If members of your family see this movie, you may want to discuss the consequences that are all but eliminated from this script. What would likely happen if you tried some of the stunts seen in this movie? Where would these people have gotten the money needed to create their cars?
We also discovered the movie’s official website contains pictures of cars, boys, and girls that have been sent in by readers. The “girl” category contains pictures that parents may consider too explicit for their children. One picture is of a Playboy Playmate, and while she is almost dressed, the Internet address for her official site is on the picture. Children following this address will be led to a pornographic site that leads to many other such sites.
The most recent home video release of The Fast And The Furious movie is January 1, 2001. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: The Fast and The Furious
Release Date: 9 April 2013
The Fast and The Furious releases to home video in Blu-ray/Ultraviolet Digital Copy.
DVD Video Notes: The Fast and The Furious
Release Date: January 2, 2001
Although we have not reviewed the DVD version of The Fast And The Furious, we provide the following for your convenience…
DVD Release Information:
- Studio: Universal
- Theatrical release date: June 22, 2001
- DVD release date:
- Runtime: 107 minutes
- Production company: Universal
- Package type: Keep case
- Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1
- DVD encoding: Region 1
- Available audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround).
- Director commentary
- Theatrical trailer
- Making Of featurette
- Editing for the MPAA featurette
- Racer X - The article that inspired the movie.
- Deleted scenes accompanied by optional director commentary.
- Interactive stunt sequence
- Interactive special effects
- Visual effect montage
- Ja Rule, caddillac, Tah, and Faith Evans music videos.