2 Fast 2 Furious is the second film in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Starring Paul Walker and introduces Tyrese Gibson into the series as Roman Pierce as well as Tej, played by Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, who would gain more prominence in the fifth movie and beyond. The film was directed by John Singleton and released in 2003.
Brian O'Conner has long since left the LAPD and fled to the streets of Miami, but is coerced to infiltrate a local drug lord's money laundering operation as a runner. He recruits his childhood friend Roman "Rome" Pearce (Gibson) for a second driver, and both of them work to undermine the bad guys and get their criminal records wiped clean while trying to stay alive in the process.
- Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Roman admitting that going to prison was never Brian's fault, and that he needs to take responsibility for his own actions.
- Affably Evil: Carter Verone. The guy's a drug lord, but he's nothing but polite to Brian and Rome until the end of the movie.
- Animesque: The designs on Suki's car in were indeed inspired by Anime. In fact the director outright admits that the tone of the film (the first race especially) was partially inspired by Animenote .
- Beleaguered Childhood Friend: Rome did three years in prison and ended up on house arrest prior to the events of the movie. He blamed it on Brian for not helping him, but Brian didn't hear about his arrest until after he had already been sentenced to do time so there was nothing he could do.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Brian and Monica don't hook up in the end, but leave on good terms.
- Driver Faces Passenger: Invoked. So much so that if this weren't a movie, they would have both already been killed in a collision.
- Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: Excuse is undercover cop and an ex-convict become street racers in order to get hired as drivers for a drug lord so they can infiltrate his operation.
- 2 Letters 2 Numbers: Taken to ridiculous level with 2 Fast 2 Furious.
- Noodle Incident: The circumstances behind Roman Pearce's house arrest could arguably fall under this.
- Oddball in the Series: This is the only film that Dom never shows up in. Even Tokyo Drift had Dom make a cameo at the end. This is solely Brian's movie.
- Only in Miami: The movie takes place in Miami. The opening scene has the characters drive by the American Airlines Arena, home to the NBA's Miami Heat. That should be a tipoff.
- Parental Bonus: Brian is called "Bullitt" once. While in that context it could just be considered a nickname based on how fast he drives, it doubles as a reference to Bullitt, a movie about a cop that has one of the most famous car chase scenes in the history of cinema.
- Product Placement: Mitsubishi contributed to the movie by supplying the Eclipse Spyders, the Evo VIIIs (which weren't out in America at the time, so they were told to disguise them as VIIs - a Japan only model) as well as Lancer O.Z. Rally Editions (though these weren't used). As Chrysler was partnered to Mitsubishi at the time, Dodge Rams were also provided. Also, the yellow Dodge Viper SRT-10 in the movie - actually four were used - were amongst the first batch of that generation produced. They (originally red) were loaned to Universal on condition that they mustn't crash.
- Reality Ensues:
- Brian has been made known in the street racing scene in Miami, causing him to be track downed and arrested by the FBI due to all the attention.
- Likewise he's been fired from the force since the events of the first movie due to letting Dom get away.
- A guy in a red Mustang attempts to do a stunt shown in the first film (driving under a semi-truck trailer). But when he bumps into another truck, his car gets knocked under the truck's trailer, then dragged and crushed under the trailer's wheels, killing him and causing an accident. Apparently, that little disclaimer that tells the idiots at home not to do shit like that in the real world at the end of each of these films wasn't enough, so The film makers decide to go for a Scare 'em Straight example.
- Replacement Love Interest: Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes replaces Mia as Brian's love interest.
- Reusable Lighter Toss: Rome tosses one on a henchmen's car after covering it with lighter fluid.
- Shout-Out: The unusual method of torture is probably lifted from Italian Spaghetti Western "Compañeros" (1970).
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Roman, replacing Dominic from the original.
- To the Pain: Verone (the drug lord) lures Whitworth (a corrupt Miami PD detective) away from his party and tortures him using a rat, a metal pail and a blowtorch until he agrees to give Brian and Roman a window to deliver Verone's package for him; he then warns Whitworth that if he fails, his rat will visit his entire family as well.
- Under the Truck: One of the auditioning drivers accidentally gets knocked under a tractor trailer, but is crushed under the wheels.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: What Carter Verone had planned to do with Brian and Roman after they had delivered his money.