What I learned about cars watching all 8 Fast & Furious movies in 4 days


Enlarge / LOOKS LIKE THEM DUKE BOYS ARE AT IT AGAIN (credit: Universal Pictures)

This week, Universal Pictures announced that a different Fast and Furious movie will be in theaters once a week starting today, leading up to the franchise’s newest sequel on June 25. The best part of the announcement? The showings are free. (The second-best part of the announcement is how often it refers to the F&F movies as a “saga.”)

As we previously learned, once a week for this series is arguably a saner way to devour so much vehicular mayhem than the four-day gauntlet we endured—and we’ve resurfaced that 2019 article below. If health or safety precautions make Universal’s latest promotion inaccessible to you as of late, never fear: we’re riding again, much like the Duke boys, with a look back at all the engine-gunning, Corona-drinking, window-smashing fun so that you don’t feel left out.

As of last week, I had never seen any movies in the Fast & Furious franchise. I probably missed the first one in 2001 because I was planning my wedding or something else equally pedestrian. Then, before I knew it, there were seven more, and I had no chance of catching up.

But now the franchise has lasted longer than any of our president’s marriages and has just birthed its first spin-off feature. So I have taken it upon myself to shotgun all eight movies in four days and report back to you what they have taught me about cars.

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