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The Fast And The Furious

Released

Latest Home Video

Jan 01, 2001

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

106

Director

Rob Cohen

Cast

Vin Diesel

Paul Walker

Michelle Rodriguez

Studio

2001 Universal Pictures

Still shot from the movie: The Fast And The Furious.

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OverallD
ViolenceD-
SexC-
LanguageD
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time106

Making the Grades

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.

The Fast And The Furious - Official site 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.

The Fast And The Furious - Official site 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.

The Fast And The Furious - Official site 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.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Fast And The Furious.

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.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Violence, Coarse Language
AB 14A
MB Not Rated Not Recommended for Children, Violence
ON Not Rated
QC 13+
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of The Fast And The Furious...

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).
DVD Extras:
  • 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
  • Storyboards
  • Ja Rule, caddillac, Tah, and Faith Evans music videos.

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