Box art for The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious

action & adventure, drama, romance

In this turbo-charged adrenaline rush, an unrivaled underground street racer (Vin Diesel) is put to the ultimate test by a speed-demon detective (Paul Walker) willing to exceed all limits.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

This is a bad, bad movie. Skip it.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is as close to an R as it can be and remain a PG-13. It's very violent, with shoot-outs that leave one character dead and another seriously wounded. A character takes one risk that appears suicidal. Characters drink and smoke. Corona beer seems to be an especially obvious product placement, and giving someone a beer is a gesture of honor and acceptance. There is a same-sex kiss, some skanky behavior, and women appear in scanty clothing. There's a non-graphic but explicit sexual situation. Characters use very strong language, including the "N" word and other racial slurs. Viewers see some gross photographs of an injured man. Characters are in extreme peril, both in racing and in shoot-outs. Robbing and shooting are sympathetically portrayed, and Brian's ultimate decision is a serious betrayal.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the way that even outcasts create families, as where Dom presides over a barbecue dinner that is like a cover illustration from Tatooed Biker done by Norman Rockwell. They even say grace. They could also talk about the people who do not tell each other the truth, and those who make the decision to violate the law to make things easier for themselves.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's been a long time since we've had a junky exploitation movie we could really fall for. The Fast and the Furious is that movie.

- Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, Friday, June 22, 2001

Audience Reviews

4 stars

What can you really say about this. Sure, it's incredibly corny and unrealistic, but it's still fun and harmless. The main achievement of the movie is showing of the gorilla strength man known as Vin Diesel, you can't help but marvel at his hardcore attitude and home-made sleeveless shirts. Likewise, there is the almost inhuman acting of Paul Walker who is apparently supposed to be an FBI agent. The testosterone of this movie runs out of control, much like the NOS that fuels the cars everyone drives.

- ythelastman89, Monday, October 4, 2010

5 stars

This was the best film in the series.The rest sucked.After this movie no more shouldve been made

- dukeakasmudge, Friday, August 6, 2010

4 stars

really awesome. B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010