15The Fast and the Furious franchise is a soap opera for adrenaline addicts
Before we get into the details, it's important to understand that these movies play like a soap opera. A soap opera souped up on impressive stunts, globetrotting locations, flashy cars and all the spectacle you've come to expect from summer blockbusters. The characters and plotting get more and more ridiculous
and melodramatic with each passing entry. There are call backs to previous entries, multiple retcons, brothers who could be mistaken for evil twins, etc. This series is full of soap and audiences just can't seem to get enough of it.
There's no denying the terrible screen drama, but what sets The Fast and the Furious apart from other summer spectaculars and soaps is the level of self-awareness these movies seem to have. Each of the filmmakers including the main cast understand just how aggressively dumb these films have become and they embrace every moment of it with a smile. Whether it's Dwayne Johnson chewing the scene, Vin Diesel being predictably schmaltzy, or even Kurt Russel practically winking at the camera, this series knows what it is and more importantly, it knows that you know what it is.