Fast and Furious

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

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Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso. Action/thriller. Written by Chris Morgan. Directed by Justin Lin.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker†reteam for the ultimate chapter†of the franchise built on speed - Fast and Furious. Heading back to the streets where it all began, they rejoin Michelle Rodriguez†and Jordana Brewster to race exotic cars across Los Angeles and through the Mexican desert in the new high-octane action-thriller.

When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian OíConner (Walker). But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver him.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I have to tell you, I got caught up in it. And to be honest, I canít quite figure out why. My appreciation certainly didnít stem from the acting. The cast obviously spent lots of time in the gym, but Iíd be surprised to learn any of the performers exercised Stanislavskiís Method. The storyline is pedestrian at best. And while there are a few lessons, theyíre mostly conflicting. For example, though the characters are motivated by a-man-has-to-do-what-a-man-has-to-do philosophy, or as Mr. Diesel says, ďNothing matters unless you have a code,Ē heís been a crook most of his life and thereís nothing to suggest that heíll drive the straight and narrow (and the speed limit) by filmís end. In one scene, the lead lady insists Vinís character say grace before a meal, yet, sheís the one who profanes Godís name in another sequence. And where the villain is seeking forgiveness in a church near the ending, the priest gives a blessing only after accepting known stolen money.

Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Brewster are fun to look at, but they serve no further purpose. As to the exploitation of the female form, every time street racers race, thereís a gaggle of tightly outfitted young ladies in attendance who apparently donít shop at Macyís. After the race, the winners celebrate at some clandestine club where the same tightly outfitted young ladies perch in hallways kissing each other like refuges from a womenís prison movie. It was kind of bizarre, all these female extras from Central Casting mulling around like lesbian zombies for no other purpose than to be, for lack of a more appropriate word, titillating.

I suspect the only motivation for attending fast and furious auto movies is for ladies to look at hunks in T-shirts and guys to fantasize about owning muscle cars and maybe the hope that theyíll one day find that clandestine club with all the zombie lesbians. Itís a film mainly fueled on testosterone and defined by the hand-held camera, but credit must be given to those in charge of stunts and the executing of dangerous car chases. Those scenes really are Ė I canít believe Iím going to say this Ė COOL. Proves Iím a guy. I grabbed the armrests right along with everyone else during the races/shootouts. Despite the escalating price of muscle cars and the exorbitant fuel costs, most of us males see ourselves as skilled motorists able to compete at NASCAR given the chance. Ladies, we guys just like seeing cars go fast. Itís a shared appreciation, a guy thing, like our love for the Three Stooges.

DVD Alternative: Bullitt. Steve McQueen as detective who goes by his own rules. Chair-grabbing action, awesome score and the best car chase ever filmed. (Caution: contains one obscenity, but I caught no misuse of Godís name. Also it has some violence, but nothing like todayís standards, or lack of.)

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: A couple of crude sexual comments from a bad guy.

Obscene Language: An occasional s-word here and there, with the f-word making one brief appearance.

Profanity: I caught two profane uses of Godís name.

Violence: Dangerous car chases, illegal racing and drug lords shooting it out with the good guys Ė these are the main ingredients of this film franchise; several physical batterings, lots of people getting shot, blown up or crashed. Blood: Blood here and there, when the leads get shot or pounded on.

Sex: Women are seen in brief attire, showing off lots of skin; women are seen kissing and making out in two or three scenes; two sexual situations between the leads and their women, but the scene cuts away before those sequences become graphic.

Nudity: No nudity, but close, most of the women dressed in a size too small.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some beer drinking and lots of drinking in a bar sequence; the bad bad guys traffic in drugs, while the good bad guys steal gasoline.

Other: None

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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