Fast & Furious 6 opens with a scene of streets littered with dozens of wrecked and bombed vehicles. This is the result of an attack by a mobile tactical unit led by rogue special ops officer Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). In a bid to steal components to make a high-tech bomb, Shaw has left a trail of destruction across 12 countries. He now needs only one more component to finish his bomb. It’s up to federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his partner agent Riley (Gina Carano) to track down Shaw and bring him to justice.
Hobbs approaches Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) for help. Dom is now living the easy life in the Canary Islands. Initially he refuses to help Hobbs until Hobbs shows him a photograph of Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodrigues). Letty is the love of Dom’s life, and he believes that she died several years earlier. Apparently Letty is now a key member of Shaw’s team.
In exchange for full pardons for himself and his team, and because he wants to see whether Letty is alive, Dom puts his old Fast & Furious team together again. They’re tested to the limit as they try to uncover the mystery surrounding Letty’s reappearance and to stop Shaw from stealing the final bomb component.
Here we outline any topics, issues and ideas in this movie that might upset children and adolescents, so that you can gauge whether it is appropriate for your child. For example, children and adolescents may react adversely to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, separation from a parent, animal cruelty or distress, children as victims, natural disasters and racism.
Crime; street racing; death of a loved one
Here we identify any violence in this movie, and explain how and why it might impact on your child or adolescent. In general, movie violence can make children less sensitive to the use of violence in real life. Alternatively, they may become fearful about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world. In some contexts, it can also teach them to see violence as an acceptable means of conflict resolution.
Fast & Furious 6 has intense sequences of action violence, including some brutal violence. It also shows some deaths, but there isn’t much blood and gore. There are many scenes of car racing and car chases, which involve ramming, deliberate crashes, machinegun fire, explosions and injury. For example:
- During the brutal interrogation of a prisoner, a federal officer picks up the prisoner and throws him against the ceiling, walls and glass panels of the interrogation room. He then slams him down on a table top, destroying the table. After the assault, the prisoner lies unconscious on the floor.
- There are many brutal fights that involve kicks, punches and elbows to people’s bodies, as well as head-butts. These fight scenes sometimes show blood.
- Three assailants with knives attack a man. He fends them off and knocks them unconscious.
- Two extended scenes show brutal fights between two women. They repeatedly punch, kick and elbow each other in the chest, face and stomach. One woman bites the other on the leg. The second fight happens on board an army cargo plane. At the end of this fight, one woman shoots the other in the chest with a high-powered spear gun. The force of the spear knocks the woman out the door of the plane.
- During a drag race, a car lands on its roof and petrol pools on the street. A man is trapped inside the upturned car. Another man deliberately ignites the petrol, and the car explodes, killing the man inside.
- One scene shows three men firing machineguns at two women and a man, who fire handguns back at them. A man is shot and killed. The scene shows him dying with some blood covering his mouth.
- A man with a machinegun jumps onto the roof of a van and shoots all the van’s occupants through the roof of the van. There is a brief image of the occupants being shot.
Content that may disturb children
Most of this movie would scare children in this age group.
Children in this age group are likely to be disturbed by many of the violent scenes mentioned above.
Younger children in this age group might also be disturbed by the violent scenes in this movie.
This movie has some sexual innuendo. For example:
- A man tells another man that he should buy a big diamond ring for his girlfriend. He says that if the other man doesn’t buy the ring, he had better be ‘big somewhere else’. The other man then says, ‘Is that why your girlfriend wears so much bling?’
- A man on a private jet with several sexily dressed women tells them that they are ‘about to have the time of their lives’.
- A woman tells a man, ‘You’ve got some serious balls’.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
This movie shows some use of substances. For example:
- Characters drink beer and champagne, but no characters get drunk.
- There is a reference to a major criminal having been a drug runner.
Nudity and sexual activity
This movie has some partial nudity, implied sexual activity and several scenes that show women as objects. For example:
- A man and a woman lie next to each other, apparently naked, in bed. There is a quick side view of the woman’s naked breast and back and the man’s bare chest.
- A man is forced to strip down to his underwear.
- Women wear brief clothing such as swimwear, G-strings, very small miniskirts, tiny shorts and tank tops.
- Women dance in a suggestive way.
- A man and woman compare scars by pulling up their shirts to show parts of their stomachs and chests.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
- various makes of high performance cars with specific manufacturers mentioned
- brand-name beers
- a vending machine with many brands of chocolate bars and lollies inside
- Coca Cola.
There is some coarse language in this movie.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Fast & Furious 6 is the sixth movie in a series that has been going for more than 10 years. It’s likely to attract an audience of teenage boys plus some older fans. Like the previous movies, it has plenty of action, thrills, spills, explosions and violence, although it doesn’t show very much blood and gore.
The movie is over two hours long with a rather weak storyline. The constant mayhem and violence is brutal at times, and the movie also has some coarse language. This makes it unsuitable for children under 14 years, with parental guidance recommended for children aged 14-15 years.
On the positive side, the movie emphasises loyalty and the importance of being part of a family. For example, several of the characters are willing to make personal sacrifices for the people they see as part of their family.
But you might be concerned by the apparent lack of real-life consequences that result from the dangerous driving and horrific car crashes in the movie. You could talk about this with your children. You might also want to talk about how some of the female characters are objectified by the dialogue and costumes.