FAST & FURIOUS | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 106m 34s

Release date 10/04/2009

Ratings Info Contains strong action violence and sexualised posing

Genre(s) Action

Director(s) Justin Lin

Cast includes Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Cut This work was cut. The cuts were made at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category. To obtain this category cuts of 0m 3s were required. Details of cuts below may contain spoilers or plot details.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 31/03/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

FAST & FURIOUS is the fourth in the series of action/ car chase films. This time the lead character and his federal agent adversary team up to avenge the death of a friend by drug traffickers. The film was passed ‘12A’ for strong action violence.

The film contains several scenes of tonally and visually strong action violence, notably the throttling and then dangling of a man by his ankle from a window (from which he is dropped), the heavy slamming of a man's head against a marble wall, clear sight of a gunshot impact to shoulder and the deliberate ramming of a villain with a car so that he is crushed between two cars. Although injury detail is rather restrained, tonally the violence appears callous though it is contained within the '12A' guidelines which allow for the fact that 'violence must not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood'. These tonal qualities and the degree of process to the violence place the scenes within the '12A' category.

The film contains one clear use of ‘fuck’ and other moderate language (e.g. bitch, pussy and muffled uses of strong language). The uses were in line with BBFC's '12A' Guidelines which state 'the use of strong language (eg 'fuck') must be infrequent.'

The film also contains several intense car chase sequences involving dangerous stunts (e.g. jumping from one moving vehicle to another, street racing through public roads where other traffic and people are present), plus some moderate sexualised posing by scantily-clad female extras and three women kissing passionately for a man’s pleasure as he films them.

A scene involving brief sight of a cockfight filmed outside the UK was considered not to contravene the Cinematograph Film (Animals) Act 1939, given that it did not involve the cruel infliction of pain or terror, or cruel goading to fury.

Cuts information

Distributor chose to make one cut to sight of man having his head slammed into a wall resulting in a follow-on shot of the man's broken and bloodied nose in order to attain a 12A category. An uncut 15 was available.


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