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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

… looks like one of Gwen Stefani's erotic dreams … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    46

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Gets lost in translation.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Has plenty of fast cars and revving engines. But unless you're a fan of that sort of thing, its stultifying plot and wooden acting is likely to make you drift - off to sleep.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    By all that's unholy, this third edition of the high-emission franchise should have been at least as awful as the second one was. (The first one was good fun.) Yet it's surprisingly entertaining in its deafening fashion, despite the absence of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, the co-stars of parts one and two.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It's not much of a movie, but a hell of a ride. So what if the movie dumbs down Japanese culture to a bad yakuza movie and features Japanese characters who can barely speak Japanese? The cars are the stars here. Everything else is lost in translation.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Lin takes an established franchise and makes it surprisingly fresh and intriguing. The movie is not exactly "Shogun" when it comes to the subject of an American in Japan (nor, on the other hand, is it "Lost in Translation"). But it's more observant than we expect, and uses its Japanese locations to make the story about something more than fast cars.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Car crashes, drinking, guns. You can do better.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that movie includes frequent car racing and crashing, including a car that flips over and explodes, killing the driver (with a disclaimer advising viewers not to try such tricks at home). High school-aged boys fight (a beatdown in the schoolyard), a Yakuza gangster threatens violence; gangsters show guns (inspiring the kids at risk to jump in their cars and drive fast again). High school-aged girls show much skin and dance provocatively in brief party scenes. High school kids smoke cigarettes and drink liquor; the adult villain smokes a cigar. Some language (s-word and suggestive soundtrack lyrics).

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Sean and his father. How does Sean's rebelliousness mirror his dad's stubbornness? How does the movie point out differences and similarities between U.S. and Japanese kids' interests? Does the movie paint a realistic view of high school life?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: High school kids race cars, smoke, and drink, Yakuza villains deal illegal merchandise and beat up rivals.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Cars crash repeatedly, sometimes flipping over horribly, and in one instance, exploding and killing the driver; boys beat each other up, leading to bruised faces, crumpled bodies, bloody mouths.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Girl takes off and waves her bra to start a race; high school age girls wear short skirts (schoolgirl outfits) and show cleavage; boys and men adorn their arms with pretty girls; two girls appear very briefly, kissing passionately (elicting comment by passing boy); sinuous dancing with focus on girls' bottoms.

  • language false3

    Language: Tough guys talk hard: several uses of s-word, occasional "damnit," Bow Wow boasts he's such a good salesman he "could sell a rubber to a monk."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Cars galore (including Volkswagen, Mustang, Toyota, VeilSide autos and Toyo tires), Tabasco sauce, neon billboards in Tokyo (Sanyo, KFC, McDonald's, Citibank, Il Primo); iPod, Snickers.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Villains smoke cigarettes repeatedly (and a cigar); background smoking in clubs and at races; high school students drink in clubs and parties.

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