In the ‘fast and furious’ movies they diligently work to show that there truly is nothing above family and no one is without family. In the end of Fast and Furious 6, Dominic extends a invitation to his temporary romance Elena to stay. She replies, “No, this is your family, its who you are, and this is my family, its who I am”.(5) In this quote she is referring to her badge and her government position. This goes to show that there are families for everyone, families are universal and no two look the same.
Elena makes a good point in her comment, family is a part of who you are. Every one has a code they live by. A moral code is a consistent set of rules prescribing righteous behavior, accepted by a person or group of people. The fast family emphasizes that family is a moral code, to which they choose to live by. This code defines many of their actions as a group/family. While in the eyes of the government they are seen as criminals, the people they interact with on a daily, see them a standard to live by. The Toretto crew, does what they have to for family not to cause harm but in some cases there are calamities.
Shaw comments on Dom’s code when he is being confronted about Letty in the sixth movie:
Owen Shaw: You’re loyal to a fault. Your code is about family. And that’s great in the holidays, but it makes you predictable. And in our line of work, predictable means vulnerable. And that means I can reach out and break you whenever I want.
Dominic Toretto: At least when I go, I’ll know what it’s for.
Owen Shaw: Well, at least you have a code. Most men don’t. So, I’m going to give you a chance: Take your crew and walk away. That’s the only way you’re going to keep your family safe.
Dominic Toretto: Your brother never told you never to threaten a man’s family? It’s a pretty stupid thing to do.