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'2 Fast 2 Furious'

'2 Fast 2 Furious' -- 2 Stupid

Friday, June 06, 2003

By Barry Paris, Post-Gazette Film Critic

It begins with a bang, the studio boasts: "The floodgates of the adrenal glands are thrown open. " I suppose we should be grateful no other glands follow suit in "2 Fast 2 Furious," the 2-insane sequel to "The Fast and the Furious" of 2-thousand-and-one.


RATING: PG-13 for street racing, violence and language

STARRING: Paul Walker, Tyrese, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser

DIRECTOR: John Singleton


Those of you who've squandered memory cells for storage and retrieval of the original outing will recall that it concerns the noisy subculture of So-Cal street-racing. This time around, that vice has been transferred to Miami. Paul Walker is back -- more by supply than popular demand -- to reprise his role as Brian O'Conner, the now disgraced but still hotheaded undercover agent enlisted by the FBI, CIA, Interpol and the Jedi to catch some intergalactic ring of money-laundering drug smugglers.

Brian, in turn, enlists his equally disgraced boy-in-the-hood bro Roman (played by single-named, African-American model Tyrese). Only Sherlock Holmes could tell you what street racing has to do with this, or anything else, in the 2-preposterous plot. But that illegal sport is the raison d'etre and the reason why people pay money to see the smash-'em-up F/X here.

It takes tests of testosterone to new heights. It gives us double agent Eva Mendes, whose bodice is strung up by her Nike laces. It has Cole Hauser, every bit as frightening a villain as Wile E. Coyote. The racers are all competing for the honor of his employment, which makes perfect sense -- to a moron.

Pop-sociology expert that I am, this particular car culture is sadly lost on me. "F&F2" makes "F&F1" look like "Citizen Kane." It contains not a grain of sense except for one line: "We've gotta come up with an exit strategy" -- my unsuccessful goal from its beginning to its end.

Barry Paris can be reached at 412-263-3859.

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