What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although the cool cars and sexy women may appeal to teens (particularly boys), this is a violent film -- explosions, gunfights, fistfights, etc. -- that glamorizes illegal street and track racing. While the action scenes are exciting to a certain extent, there's not much acknowledgement of the injuries that the racers so obviously incur. Their cars blow up, and the other drivers cackle. There's some racy content, and plenty of swearing and drinking. Theoretically, the movie is about one woman's willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve her dream -- to be a rock star -- but this major plot point is used simply as a device; there's little exploration.
- Families can talk about racing. Why does the media tend to glamorize the sport? Does anything -- the sport's danger, for example -- get lost in the process? Do any movies and/or TV shows offer a more realistic view of racing? Families can also discuss gambling. How do people become gambling addicts? Does the way gambling is depicted in the movie make it appealing? Why? Finally, parents can ask their kids about the role that women play in the movie. Aside from Natasha, are any other female characters strong and powerful? For that matter, does Natasha herself really seem powerful?