These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Fast and the Furious
Crowning Music of Awesome: Almost every song in the series. Ludacris? Teriyaki Boyz? N.E.R.D? Don Omar? deadmau5? Cypress Hill? Peaches? Huh-uh.
Ear Worm: "Act a Fool" from the second movie and "Tokyo Drift" from the third.
"We Own It" from the sixth film. Even if you don't like Wiz Khalifa and/or 2 Chainz, it is damn catchy.
"Danza Kuduro" in the fifth.
Growing the Beard: Fast Five for critics, getting an 78% on Rotten Tomatoes, and that's a considerable jump from the 52% of the first film, the previous best reviewed in the franchise. Fast Six has a 72% so far.
Harsher in Hindsight: Han's desire for superficial relationships/keeping people at arm's length in Tokyo Drift after watching Gisele die to save him in Fast & Furious 6.
It would also seem to explain his devil may care attitude about everything and "Money isn't everything." comment.
Considering speeding can increase the risk of a car crash, it seems painful to watch after Paul Walker, who played Brian O'Conner, was killed in one.
Even more so when you consider how many times Paul's character has managed to escape or, at the very least, come away uninjured from some pretty serious accidents and explosions in the movies.
Eerily enough, TNT broadcast "The Fast and the Furious" on the day it was announced Paul Walker was killed. No, it wasn't a tribute. The broadcast was scheduled weeks in advance.
Him dying on a Porsche when Brian and gang usually drive similar luxury cars is also unsettling.
A scene from Fast and Furious 7, leaked just a few hours before Paul's death had Brian and Roman attending Han's funeral. Roman says that he doesn't want any more funerals, where Brian says that there will be 'just one more'. In the context of the situation, the character was referring to the film's villain, yet it is still very chilling, especially with such a small time gap between the scene being leaked and the actor's untimely death.
Dom explaining his father's death in the first movie.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Fast 5 being the entry which saw the franchise undergo a Genre Shift from street racing to heist movie, when you remember that The Brazillian Job, the sequel to the The Italian Job remake, stuck in Development Hell for years, was going to be set in Brazil. Further compounded by the fact The Italian Job had a Market BasedStock Subtitle of "L.A. Heist" & Fast 5 had the Market-Based Title "Rio Heist" which led people to believe that the screenplay used for Fast 5 was in fact the same script for The Brazillian Job reworked to fit the franchise.
The cable guns in the sixth movie are surprisingly similar to the grappling hook in Just Cause 2 in the way tethering one vehicle to another creates over-the-top physics-related havoc.
The Fast And The Furious: Drift (released around the same time as Tokyo Drift) arcade game allows you to customize numerous cars with various parts including neon lights. Among the cars that can be customized are the Ford GT and '67 Mustang Fastback. Five years later came Fast Five. Hobbs' crew recovers a Ford GT40 (a contemporary of the Mustang Fastback and the inspiration for the Ford GT) with an aftermarket stereo system. He mocks the stereo in the classic car saying "Might as well put neons on it."
Magnificent Bastard: Shaw is a borderline deconstruction of this. He has most of the traits: he's intelligent and manipulates the good guys to his own ends, he has a backup plan in case he gets captured, he ruthlessly pursues his goal, and he's smart enough to put his backup plan into motion before he gets captured, just in case. What he lacks, however, is charisma. To him, other people are nothing but tools, and he says as much to his own team. Instead of being admirable, this trait makes him cold and sadistic, preventing him from falling into this trope. And it eventually gets him killed when Letty turns on him and aids Dom's team in stopping him.
Narm: Some stunts in sixth movie are hilariously over the top, even for this franchise. It's hard to hold laughter when Dom crashes his car on the one side of the bridge so he can propel himself into the air to catch Letty, who just fell from the tank that flipped over. Not only Dom grabs Letty in mid-air but manages to change her trajectory so they both land on some car that just happened to be there. Of course neither of them are hurt.