With The Fate of the Furious finally upon us (it’s great, by the way), you might be jones-ing for some high-octane entertainment to hype you up or ride the NOS-fueled high. Maybe you want something complementary. Maybe you want to rewatch one of the older films. Unfortunately, the Fast and Furious movies are almost never available to stream, and it’s not yet legally required for everyone to have two copies of at least one Fast and Furious movie, so sometimes you just gotta call in some backup. Here’s some ideas, depending on what it is about Fast and Furious that really speaks to you, deep down:
If you all of a sudden are really, really into cars: It’s maybe time to get into Top Gear. The long-running BBC show for car nerds isn’t available in its entirety on Netflix, but that kind of works out for you. Even if you only want to watch a few episodes, seeing 23 seasons worth of television is crazy overwhelming, and kind of a turn off. Nope, on Netflix you’ll only find the five most recent (and short!) seasons, the last of which features Friends star Matt LeBlanc, who now co-hosts the show and serves as your excuse to get non car-nerds to watch.
Example: “Hey gang, don’t you ever wonder what Matt LeBlanc is up to now? Let me check GQ.com to find out…WOW, he’s on Top Gear now, we should check that out.”
If the “family” part is what really gets you: There’s a lot of ways you could go here. Do you mean that literally? Like, damn, parents and siblings and nieces and nephews, they’re all beautiful and I want to SOAK ALL THAT SHIT IN? Check out Parenthood, which is the best family drama this side of Six Feet Under (or Friday Night Lights, if you like your family wrapped up in football). If you think family is good fodder for really smart comedy, Arrested Development is always good for a rewatch (or first watch, if you’re so lucky) and so is Bob’s Burgers. Or maybe your idea of “family” is a bunch of ride-or-dies doing same crazy bullshit. First: I really respect that. Second: Mortal Kombat is back on Netflix.
If you’re like, “Look man, I just love car chases. Love ’em”: Well why didn’t you say so? Watch Bad Boys II, which both has actual car chases and figurative ones, once you start thinking of Martin Lawrence’s voice as a car. XXX is also streaming, which is kind of relevant since Vin Diesel wasn’t in 2 Fast 2 Furious because he was making that instead. Netflix, unfortunately, is kind of slim on classic car chase films like The French Connection or recent gems like The Italian Job (either one), Gone In 60 Seconds (also either one), and Mad Max: Fury Road, but if you want to try your luck with Death Race 2, let me know how it goes. Hey, it’s got Sean Bean and Danny Trejo in it.