The Fast and the Furious

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Apparently, it's quite common for groups of young Hispanics, Blacks, Asians and other minorities to gather on the streets of Los Angeles and race their hundred-thousand-dollar vehicles at speeds upwards of 180mph. Eventually, when they're done eating doughnuts, the LAPD shows up to put a stop to it but is unable to catch any of these street racers.

And how do these young punks pay for these cars? Well, in Hollywood's universe, since they're Black, Latino and what have you, they either commit robberies or murder people. Of course, the one white guy in this group of criminals, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), turns out to be a cop who's there to figure out which one of these people has been leading a group of truck hijackers. The amazing rationale used for Brian's infiltration: The truckers are going to start taking things into their own hands. Um, here's a better rationale: Riding around at 180mph and shooting rigs full of holes happens to be against the law.

Brian's two chief suspects are Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Johnny Tran (Rick Yune). Unfortunately, Brian compromises himself by befriending Dominic and falling in love with his hot little sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster). Damn it! Isn't that always the problem? The big stupid crime-committing guys always have the hot little sisters.

Dominic's girlfriend is Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who naturally punches somebody in the movie because she was in "Girlfight" and for as long as her career lasts, she'll be asked to hit somebody in whatever film she's in. The soundtrack of this film runs at about 130 decibels and you'll leave the theater with a nice ringing in your ears. Howeve, in between all the music and car-racing, somebody did thoughtfully dribble in about twenty minutes of actual story and character development.

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