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Total Crap: 20.31%

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Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The
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by Doug Bentin

"Another fast and furious guilty pleasure"
3 stars

This third installment in “The Fast and the Furious” series maintains the tradition of guilty pleasure established by parts one and two, but there is one segment of the population to whom I could never recommend it—junior high school teachers. Why? This picture contains an overflow of characters with that same snarky, smirking, chip-on-the-shoulder attitude that junior high teachers have to put up with all day and has driven so many of them to or beyond the edge of insanity.

Lucas Black (“Jarhead”) stars as Shawn Boswell, who, at 17, has been run out of every town he and his mom have ever settled in because he can’t keep from causing trouble behind the wheel. He’s been given more second chances than a perennial lottery ticket buyer.

Black is an unusual movie hero. His white trash accent is deeper than Larry the Cable Guy’s butt-cleavage, and he’s got one of those disarming, good ol’ boy grins—bad teeth and all—that make you not mind so much that he’s full of crap. The fella may not have much of a future as a leading man, but he’s fun here.

So now Shawn’s shipped to Tokyo to live with his dad (Brian Goodman) who is stationed there. In his new high school, Shawn, who speaks no Japanese, meets Twinkie (Bow Wow), the school sharpie, who takes him to see a drift race.

To drift, you put slick tires on your car and slide sideways when you take the turns too sharply. It makes a lot of noise on a movie soundtrack. A hell of a lot.

So Shawn flirts with the wrong girl (Nathalie Kelley), who is hooked up with DK—Drift King (Brian Tee)—and the testosterone begins to spill over like Niagara Falls. Shawn links up with Han (Sung Kang), who is in the rackets with DK, but they both work for DK’s yakuza Uncle Kamata (martial arts legend Sonny Chiba), who—oh, who the hell cares.

Yeah, the teen angst thing plays a part in the movie, but the main selling point is the racing. Rhys Millen, who is a well-known drift racer (although not to most of us) gathered his family and friends to perform the maneuvers—none of what you see on screen is CGI.

Badly edited this movie would be nothing, but the team of Dallas Puett and Fred Raskin slice the pieces together in such a way that even an auto racing wienie like me got into the spirit of the thing. It these guys had worked on “Cars,” even that speed bump might have had some zip in it.

The screenplay by Alfredo Botello, Chris Morgan and Kario Salem doesn’t offer more than it has to, but this entire series is really designed to do nothing more than up the octane level and make us old farts fondly remember those drive-in nights of yore.

Director Justin Lin, who looked important a couple of years ago with his debut film “Better Luck Tomorrow,” has revealed himself as another of those indie film whiz kids who really wanted to be a Hollywood hack all along. That sounds harsh, but good hacks are not that easy to find.

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User Comments

7/23/12 cr my favorite of the series behind part 1, great scenes and story. 4 stars
11/01/08 Shaun Wallner My kind of film. 5 stars
3/23/08 Hadi This movie is so awesome me and my friends watched twice in a row!AWESOME 5 stars
11/11/07 cody better than part 2 as far car action lack in story cool soild flick that edge of your seat 3 stars
5/15/07 David Pollastrini PRETTY DUMB 2 stars
4/19/07 Stevo UK Simalar to having your balls squeezed between 2 blocks of ice. And slightly less apealing. 1 stars
1/19/07 frankie g freakin awesome!! i went home and drifted my super van after i saw this movie!! 5 stars
11/11/06 Woody lol this movie sux cornhole, honda sux cornhole, and carbon fibre sux cornhole 1 stars
10/25/06 pacman It had a plot to interest ladies and skilled racing that interests the guys. 5 stars
10/11/06 arif sayed very good and interesting 5 stars
10/09/06 ad take it as a joke and you might find yourself liking it. Cars real cool 3 stars
10/04/06 mad n furious!! bad bad bad bad movie!!!!!! 2 stars
9/11/06 Agent Sands There is nothing even remotely positive to say. You feel dumber after watching it. 1 stars
8/25/06 Al Guy Next, will cars drive upside down? Stupid movie. 2 stars
8/04/06 CoMMy Man... one name.. Vin Diesel FOREVER!!! Love that guy! 5 stars
7/04/06 Kelly Brilliant!! 5 stars
6/27/06 KingNeutron Things they did make sense, IN CONTEXT OF THE MOVIE. Critics too harsh. 4 stars
6/26/06 Trev This movie brought us back to the very first feeling we got when we saw part 1.EXCELLENTJOB 5 stars
6/26/06 Chris Insufferably Stupid And Souless, I't TOTAL GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
6/25/06 Evil Wolfie It's souless and empty. 2 stars
6/24/06 Ole Man Bourbon Lots of unintentional comedy. The actors appear aware of how crappy their lines are. 2 stars
6/24/06 adamski best film i have seen in my life 100% 5 stars
6/22/06 Rohan excellent movie 5 stars
6/22/06 rashaad its the best 5 stars
6/19/06 Adrian A visually fun film...and that's pretty much everything. 3 stars
6/19/06 donald Never has a DVD purchase said so much about the purchaser than with any F&F movie. 1 stars
6/17/06 Agent Sands I cannot believe I saw this movie. It is so bad. I feel like I am now dumber for seeing it. 1 stars
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  16-Jun-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 26-Sep-2006



Directed by
  Justin Lin

Written by
  Chris Morgan

  Lucas Black
  Bow Wow
  Brian Tee
  Sung Kang
  Jason Tobin
  Nathalie Kelly

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