Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Theatrical Release: August 2, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw


The Dove Take:

Hobbs and Shaw may be able to save the world from a genetically enhanced cybervillain, but the language they use in doing it isn’t something you want your kid repeating.

Dove Review

The Synopsis:

Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

The Review:

Hobbs & Shaw is the first spin-off film from The Fast & The Furious franchise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as Hobbs and Shaw, respectively. This foray into the franchise pits this improbable team against a genetically enhanced super soldier intent on destroying society with a deadly virus. Can the two get along long enough to save the world?

As is expected with this franchise, Hobbs and Shaw is action packed from start to finish and takes you around the world from Moscow to Samoa. Although the film is fast-paced, and over-the-top at times, it had the surprising ability to quickly shift to a comedic self-aware view, epitomized in the chemistry and back-and-forth banter between Hobbs and Shaw.

Overall the film highlights the importance of family, forgiveness, and the human spirit. Women are portrayed positively, in addition sex, nudity, and drugs are kept to a minimum. Violence is pervasive in the film; however, gore is not. The film includes consistent cursing and God’s name taken in vain though Hobbs and Shaw find other creative and colorful ways to use language offensively. In the end, this film is not for all ages and contains cautionary elements over a 2, therefore this film is not Dove approved.

Content Description

Faith: Almost nonexistent.
Integrity: Surprisingly, Hobbs and Shaw had a message on the importance of family and forgiveness. Furthermore, the film shows that the heart and spirit of a person cannot be overcome by technology. Finally, the film portrays women as strong and capable equals.
Sex: Minimal: two scenes with kissing, one of which is viewed with disgust by characters that observe it, and the other is surprising and quick with the intent to seal a promise. In both instances, sexuality isn't emphasized. One other instance is of note, during a banter between the titular characters, the topic of sex comes up but is accompanied by the message that the woman is not an object and has the ability to consent.
Language: Unlike other films in this franchise, Hobbs and Shaw prefers the colorful, insulting banter instead of heavy cursing. However, this does not mean it is nonexistent. It takes the Lord's name in vain multiple times. Offensive language heard 3-4 times: S***, F***, D***, A**hole, SOB.
Violence: Lots of it. Every joint, limb, and handheld object is wielded as a weapon. It is often over-the-top and defies the laws of physics, giving it a more comedic feel. Gore is minimal, and blood is rarely seen, even with excessive gunplay.
Drugs: Almost nonexistent. There is one scene where drinking is taking place.
Nudity: Nudity is minimal. In general, women are fully clothed. There are rare instances where this is not the case but gets almost no screen time and is not the focus of the scene. Several men are seen shirtless, but it is in the context of Samoan warriors going into battle.
Other: None


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson, Drew Pearce
Director: David Leitch
Genre: Action
Runtime: 135 min.
Reviewer: Max B.