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How Many Times Vin Diesel Says “Family” In Every Fast & Furious Movie

Vin Diesel’s cut sleeves and Dodge Charger are iconic staples in The Fast and Furious movies, but nothing is more sacred than when Vin Diesel says “family.” Fast X recently premiered, and while the bombastic action stunts have grown more ludicrous, the core of the franchise is still about family. Dominic Toretto and his team of skilled drivers have achieved impossible stunts and turned enemies into friends within each movie. Due to the growing ensemble cast and the movies’ emphasis on family, one might wonder how many times Vin Diesel actually mentions the word “family” in every Fast and Furious movie.

The Fast and Furious franchise first revved its engine with 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, a modest tale about street racers. The film was so popular that it spawned a billion-dollar franchise with multiple sequels. With the passing of Paul Walker in 2013, the series has focused on Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and amplified the action to baffling heights. The past few movies have also stressed the importance of family so much that the Fast and Furious franchise spawned memes. Family is mentioned at least 77 times in the entire franchise, but Vin Diesel only says the word 13 times over ten movies.

Vin Diesel’s The Fast & The Furious “Family” Count: 0
The Fast and the Furious 2001 Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker standing together

The Fast and the Furious started plenty of trends in the franchise, but Vin Diesel’s use of “family” isn’t one of them. Fast cars and furious drivers are on display, yet the family is still forming in the first entry. Ironically, family is mentioned by Dominic Toretto’s main antagonist in the movie, Johnny Tran. Tran claims Toretto is the reason police raided his house and disrespected his family. Perhaps Toretto embodied Johnny Tran’s values in later installments, and while Tran may seem dead, the Fast and Furious franchise refuses to truly kill off characters. Perhaps Tran can confront Dom about stealing his family values in a future sequel.

Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious “Family” Count: 0
Brian and Dom sit on the hoods of their cars in a garage in Fast & Furious

After a sequel without Vin Diesel and a third movie with only a cameo, Diesel fully returns as Dominic Toretto in the aptly named Fast and Furious. But Vin Diesel still doesn’t mention family in the fourth outing. One scene that returns as a callback to the first is the communal dinners hosted by the Toretto family. In the middle of the explosions and punches, the barbecues with coronas have become the most grounded trope of the franchise. In the fourth movie’s dinner scene, Jordana Brewster’s Mia mentions how they should be thankful for their family. Mia’s reminder may be small, but it quickly grew in the next installments.

Vin Diesel’s Fast Five “Family” Count: 3
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson come face to face in Fast Five.

Fast Five is when the action, stars, and story become heightened and more fun. Fast Five pushes the franchise into new territory where the laws of gravity no longer apply, and Vin Diesel finally says “family” not once but three times. With the inclusion of Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot, the fifth film also sees the return of multiple past cast members and finally unites them. One returning face is Matt Schulze as Vince, who is concerned that Dominic Toretto wants nothing to do with him after their botched heist in the first film. In his distinctly deep voice, Vin Diesel responds, “There’s always room for family.”

Vin Diesel embraces family as the theme of the franchise, and it’s repeatedly referred to in Fast Five. When Dom’s sister Mia reveals she’s pregnant, the usually stoic Toretto smiles, hugs Brian and his sister Mia, and says, “Looks like my family just got bigger.” Fast Five created a legacy by providing new roads for the franchise and committing itself to a cast of characters. By the end of the film, Toretto salutes his new “familia,” confirming an ensemble for future films.

Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious 6 “Family” Count: 2
Fast and Furious 6 Cast

Fast and Furious 6 was a box office hit and included more talk about family than its predecessors. While Vin Diesel only mentions family two of the eleven times the word is used, the franchise cements the message that no one should mess with Dominic Toretto’s loved ones. Michelle Rodriguez returns as Letty, Dom’s ex-lover who suffers from amnesia and is now trained to kill Dom and his friends. Letty may be a threat to the group, but Dom insists that “you don’t turn your back on family, even when they do.”

The primary villain in Fast and Furious 6 is Owen Shaw, the leader of a skilled mercenary group that steals high-tech devices. Shaw confronts Toretto and warns him to stay out of his way or else risk putting his family in danger. Vin Diesel’s Toretto then delivers one of his signature responses and tells Shaw to never threaten a man’s family.

Vin Diesel’s Furious 7 “Family” Count: 4
Vin Diesel and Brian O'Conner in Fast & Furious 7-1

Furious 7 is the last installment with Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner, and the film provides a touching and fitting goodbye to the character and actor by emphasizing how they’re all family. After the death of Han in the last installment, Vin Diesel embodies the patriarchal role as the leader and protector of the group. Toretto fumes at Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs for putting his family in danger, but the two iconic Diesel family quotes come from a tender moment with Walker’s O’Conner and a confrontation with Jason Statham’s villain.

In one of the last exchanges between Diesel and Walker on camera, they share an intimate conversation about family. Toretto informs Brian that out of all their action stunts, the bravest thing he’s seen Brian do is be a good husband and father, and what’s real is family. When confronting Furious 7’s antagonist Deckard Shaw, Deckard reveals he has aligned with Toretto’s enemies, and they’re now friends against Toretto and his team. In arguably the most quotable line in the franchise, Diesel’s Toretto responds with, “I don’t have friends, I got family.” Furious 7 filmed scenes after Paul Walker’s death and the mentions of family in this sequel felt especially poignant.

Vin Diesel’s Fate Of The Furious “Family” Count: 3
Dominic Toretto and a scene from The Fate of the Furious

Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto is torn between two families in Fate of the Furious. Charlize Theron plays Cipher, a cyberterrorist who holds Toretto’s ex-girlfriend Elena and his son Brian hostage. When Toretto tells Cipher he values family more than anything else, he’s forced to sabotage his own team to protect Elena and his son. Toretto and Letty agree to take in Little Brian after Elena’s death. While holding his son in a traditional family dinner ending, Diesel shares that he’s thankful for his family and to “never turn your back on family.” There may be no coronas in Fast 8, but there is plenty of family.

Vin Diesel’s F9 “Family” Count: 0
F9 Dom and Letty pic

F9 sees its storyline and villains become more entwined as each character is seemingly related to another character. The film introduces John Cena as Jakob Toretto, Dominic’s estranged brother and foe in F9. Since Vin Diesel claimed to never turn your back on family in previous installments, Cena’s long-lost Jakob provides a baffling yet entertaining addition to the franchise. Diesel may never say “family” in F9, but a young Dominic Toretto does in a flashback showing Dom trying to comfort his brother Jakob after the death of their father. While Diesel doesn’t say “family” in F9, the family meme went viral after this ninth film.

Vin Diesel’s Fast X “Family” Count: 1
Vin Diesel Jason Momoa Fast X

Fast X reportedly has the largest “family” count yet, ranging from 22 to 29 uses. Jason Momoa’s flamboyant villain Dante is the culprit behind the largest “family” count. Dante consistently taunts Toretto by using Toretto’s belief in family against him. As Fast X’s team of heroes spends most of the movie separated and in hiding, Dante’s diabolical plan is seemingly succeeding until Diesel arrives in his classic 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. In his only use of the word in Fast X, Toretto tells Dante, “You will never be able to break my family.” Vin Diesel may soon say goodbye to the Fast and Furious franchise, but family is forever.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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