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Yeah, yeah, these movies have gone from street racing classics to overblown Hollywood action flicks. Still, amidst all the explosions and mind-numbing plot holes, there are actually some life lessons in these movies that you can apply to the real world. Suspend your cynicism for a minute and read on.

 

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1) Winning’s winning (The Fast and the Furious). Like Dominic Toretto says, it don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Even a close victory is still one for the history books. And history is written by the victor, after all.

 

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2) Even bad guys deserve a second chance (2 Fast 2 Furious). Childhood friends-turned-criminals Brian O’Conner and Roman Pearce are reunited for an undercover job to bring down a Miami drug lord. Even though their rap sheets were extensive and they had hardly reformed by film’s end, they were still given a second chance by the authorities and they were able to bring down the real villains.

 

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3) Running away from your problems isn’t always the answer (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift). Perennial troublemaker Sean Boswell is sent to Japan to live with his dad after wrecking his car in a race. He gets into some trouble with the Yakuza, and his dad tells him that he has to leave Tokyo. Sean refuses, however, and says that he has to stay and fix his own mess. As admirable as this was, we couldn't help but wish that all problems in real life could be solved by a race.

 

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4) A rival can bring out the best in you (Fast & Furious). When Brian and Dom are reunited after the events of the first movie, it’s not long before they’re involved in a high stakes street race. Unlike before when Dom was the superior driver, Brian’s skills have come a long way, and he actually overtakes Dom right before the finish line. He still loses the race, sadly, but his effort is commendable. 

 

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5) In an emergency, you have to make a call (Fast Five). When everything is moving at a million miles an hour, you have to be able to make decisions on the fly. Sometimes they work out, like when Brian decides to stay and help Dom beat the bad guys. Other times, a bad decision can end up with you driving straight off a cliff. 

 

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6) You don’t turn your back on family, even when they do (Fast & Furious 6). Even after she fired a gun at him, Dom remains adamant that the amnesia-ridden Letty is worth saving. This series is pretty big on family, in all shapes and forms.

 

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7) It’s never easy saying goodbye (Furious 7). Cue Charlie Puth, cue the white Supra, and cue the manly tears. We still miss you, Paul.

 

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8) It’s not the car, it’s the driver (The Fate of the Furious). Okay, so that whole flaming car chase scene was ridiculous, but it just goes to show that it’s not always about who has the superior ride. If Lewis Hamilton pulled up next to you in a Toyota Vios, he’d still kick you’re a**.

Bonus: No one likes the tuna here. Seriously, Brian, if you really wanted to talk to Mia, you should’ve found a better excuse. 

Jason Tulio
Online Staff Writer
Like most guys, Jason inherited his love for cars from watching his dad talk about and tinker with them while he was growing up. Since then, he has leveled up into the roles of motoring journalist/wannabe mechanic/concerned motorist.
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