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Summary: This is a part of the series based on movie blockbusters.

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Are our Kids Growing Up

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS ?

SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS—Part 3

(BLUE PRINT DENOTES 8:30 SERVICE ONLY)

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I am doing part 3 of the Summer Blockbuster series. Taking themes from recent movies is what I have been doing and finding a parallel to a lesson from the Bible. I want to talk about are our children growing up 2 fast 2 furious. I think this is an especially appropriate topic as children have returned to school for another academic year.

Today’s movie is 2 Fast 2 Furious.

I thought I’d show you the video clip that gave a preview of the movie but then I thought No way Jose. Some of you might want to try this at home. Fast cars and drag racing and wild women. I don’t mean the young people here—I was afraid some of you older men in your mid-life crises might want to try this so I decided against showing anything from the movie.

Fast and Furious was the surprise blockbuster movie in 2001. Reviewers did not understand it and people in the industry were surprised. No one, it seems, saw it coming.

And now, 2 years later, here is the sequel—2 Fast 2 Furious.. Everyone excepted the this film to do well. In fact, it did over $50 million on the opening weekend.

One critic of the film (David Bruce of Hollywood Jesus.com) shares his experience:

“When I went to see this film, the house was filled with the twenty-something and the parking lot was filled with modified cars. There wasn’t anyone over the age of 40 to be found. There was delight in the audience during the showing. This film spoke their language. It connected.

The film is not a cinematic masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination -so in this regard, poor reviews are understandable. However, when a film connects so well with an aspect of the culture, one needs to look beyond a viewing room impression. The question needs to be: Why has this film series connected so well to the culture?

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This film is about empowerment, and the struggle to be heard. Here is a segment of the 20-something crowd that is alive and well seeking its own voice through extreme sports and social activity. And, is attempting to achieve lasting relationships in a unique and paradoxical manner: community through individual achievement. It is a quest for community in an age of brokenness.

The film regards the enemy of this form of community as greed -extreme selfishness as personified by the Carter Verone, an evil member of the drug cartel.

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His sins include:

—Placing money before friendship.

—"Owning" women as possessions.

—Using violence to limit the freedoms and rights of others.

—Intimidating those who get in the way of his selfish desires.

—Reducing life to mere materialism.

In its own way, the film advocates:

—Peace between humans.

—Relationships based on mutuality and respect.

—Harmony and understanding between different types of humans.


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