‘Fast’ starts engines

" 'Rebel Without a Cause' meets 'The Matrix' " has Westwood preem

At Monday’s Village Theater preem of “The Fast and the Furious,” U topper Stacey Snider called the pic “an AIP movie with a 21st century attitude.”

Certainly the $38 million shot-in-L.A. actioner offered elements an AIP street-racing epic could only dream of: Honda Civics on steroids, male and female auto mechanics sporting nail polish, Eddie Fisher’s old house, Snapple product placement and more multiculturalism than on a UNICEF Christmas card.

” ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ meets ‘The Matrix,’ ” was the way director Rob Cohen described the film. “A multiethnic, high octane drive-in summer picture,” said producer Neal Mortiz. “If there were still drive-ins, this would be playing at them for the next four summers.”

Among those driving to Westwood for the preem were U’s Scott Stuber, Mary Parent, Marc Shmuger and Peter Adee; stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordanna Brewster, Rick Yune and Michelle Rodriguez; plus guests Geoff Ammer, Nicole Clemens, Kim Delaney, Joanna Garcia, Kevin Huvane and Matt Luber.