What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fast & Furious 6 is the sixth movie in the long-running series that began with 2001's The Fast and the Furious. Like its predecessors, it's focused on car chases, explosions, and objectifying women. There are tons of exploding vehicles and lots of violent fighting, plus some shooting and some death (though very little blood). There are some minor sexual situations, but no actual nudity is shown. Language is somewhat strong, including one "f--k" and several uses of "s--t," "a--hole," and "p---y." Characters are seen drinking Corona beer from time to time. The previous movie, Fast Five, reinvigorated the series and became its biggest hit, so teens are likely to be all fired up for this one -- though it's not as good from a story perspective.
  • Families can talk about Fast & Furious 6's violence. How did it affect you? Does it seem at all realistic? How does that change its impact?
  • Are any of these characters role models? How can they be heroes if they're also international thieves and criminals who end up 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? Are there any positive or strong female characters? What are their admirable traits?
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