Should Your Kids See ‘Fate of the Furious’?

When it comes to the Furious franchise, more has always been more. Bring on the car chases, the crashes and the explosions. The latest installment, The Fate of the Furious doesn’t disappoint, so if you’ve brought your older kids to these movies before, expect the same non-stop, ear-shattering action from the star-studded cast that includes Vin, Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Stratham, and Michelle Rodriguez.

The need for speed is ever-present in this new release, but that’s not reflected in the running time. Despite the continuous thrills, at 2 hours and 16 minutes long, some kids could get antsy. For parents who want a deeper dive, here’s a more detailed breakdown of what to expect.

Positive themes: The franchise is built on the idea that family is what you make it, and the importance of taking care of and looking out for your own is central to this storyline. The crew continues to share a close bond in this film even as a key member threatens to tear them apart.

Violence/scare factors: Where to begin? So much destruction takes place in the form of car crashes, explosions, wrecking balls, and missiles. There’s gunplay with blood shown and brutal beatings. Characters die, there is a violent prison outbreak, and one very cute baby is shown in mild jeopardy during a shootout.

Sex/romance: With all the racing, who’s got time for sex? Only one scene shows a (married) couple in bed. However, expect to see plenty of barely dressed women portrayed more as scenery than actual people.

Bad language: This movie likely has as much cursing as allowed in a PG-13 movie, including one use of the F-word.

Drinking/drugs/smoking: Characters are too busy behind the wheel for any of this, and luckily there are no incidences of drinking and driving.

Bottom Line: Teenagers who have sampled this franchise before should be able to handle this, which is basically more of the same. Younger kids who are sensitive to violence but want to see it because they love cars should probably sit this one out.

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