2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

The critics really split on this one. For example, Roger Ebert opined three stars while James Berardinelli offered only half of a star to accompany his nomination of 2 Fast as one of the worst movies of the year.

Depends on what you expect from a film. It is a brain dead megabudget ($76 million) sequel with outrageous action and cheap thrills. Makes no sense at all. It is hard to name even a single scene that could really happen, given the laws of man and nature.


  • Devon Aoki - bikini
  • Eva Mendes - bikini

DVD info from Amazon

  • Commentary by director John Singleton

  • Inside 2 Fast 2 Furious

  • Deleted Scenes

  • Outtakes

  • Tricking Out a Hot Import Car

  • Supercharged Stunts

  • Making Music with Ludacris

  • Animated Anecdotes

  • The Fast and the Furious Video Game Trailer

  • Widescreen anamorphic format

It does have lots of adrenaline, and is very slick and colorful. The nighttime scenes make you feel like you're a kid seeing Times Square at night for the first time. Pure popcorn film.

As it turned out, lots of people liked it, and it did $127 million at the box. The disconnection between critical perception and audience reaction is summed up quite well by the scores at Yahoo - critics C, public B+. It will not turn out to be as profitable as the original despite a comparable box office, because the production budget of the sequel was twice as high - and the original wasn't that cheap to begin with!

I thought the best review was offered by - John Venable, SUPERCALA.COM, who said,  "It's ridiculous and knows it. It's the Dukes of Hazzard for the rave/glowstick generation."

The Critics Vote

  • General consensus: sharp disagreement. I suppose about two stars on the average. BBC 2/5, Berardinelli .5/4, Ebert 3/4

The People Vote ...

  • IMDB summary. IMDb voters score it only 5.2/10, but Yahoo voters called it a B+.
  • Box Office Mojo. It was budgeted at $76 million for production, and the distribution/advertising costs are estimated around $40 million. It was a solid hit, doing $127 million at the box office.
The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C. A bad movie if you are looking for acting, depth and realism. A pretty good one if you love fantasy situations and car chases. I was able to watch it without the fast forward. I did scream "oh, c'mon" at the screen a couple of times, and I did laugh at non-comedic moments, but I think the filmmakers intended that. It's a video game in convenient movie format.

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