Box art for Back To The Future

Back To The Future

action & adventure

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the time machine created by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and finds himself in a time-shattering situation that jeopardizes his future.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

'80s time-travel favorite has laughs, romance, action.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this family time-travel favorite includes sequences that place the hero and his friends in physical jeopardy: a gunfight in which a sympathetic character is thought to be killed, a van chasing a teen on a skateboard, several episodes of bullying, and more. The violence is exaggerated and closer in tone to cartoon jeopardy than real danger, but some kids will no doubt find it tense. Several scenes show the hero's discomfort when the girl who will eventually be his mother tries to entice him with kisses and embraces; there's also implied unwanted sex, but nothing serious happens. Strong language includes a couple memorable uses of "s--t," as well as "bastards," "damn," "a--hole," and a couple of racial slurs in the 1950s-set scenes. It's worth noting that this is the movie that alerted the public to the concept of product placement, with controversy arising from the near-constant visuals of Pepsi products and other brands.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays bullying. Have you ever encountered a situation like that, either directly or online?
  • What do Marty and George learn during the movie? How can people defend themselves without resorting to violence?
  • Talk about your own family history -- as in when Mom met Dad.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

5 stars

The best one out of the whole trilogy. The DeLorean, Marty's mom being in love with Marty & Marty's sucessful attempt of putting his parents back together with Doc's help. Another one of my all-time favorite movies! :) It's an absolute dream! :) :) :) :) :) :)

- movieguru12, Saturday, November 12, 2011

3 stars

My fave movie when I was a kid, still look good after I watched it again last week. Classic.

- citawijaya, Thursday, November 4, 2010

5 stars

The one that started it all. Released around Independence Day week in July of 1985,the film broke all sorts of box-office records when it opened,rejuvenated the action-comedy genre and launched the careers of not only Michael J. Fox(this was the movie that made a huge megastar), Crispin Glover,and Lea Thompson,but also director Robert Zemeckis and of course Huey Lewis, whose two songs for the film "Get Back In Time" and "Power of Love" were Oscar nominated but won Huey Lewis the Grammy that year. Watching this again after 25 years, its incredible how fresh and funny it remains to this day. Fox really carries the film with his likable charm while playing it straight,earning laughs by simply reacting to the characters around him. The first one was a huge successful,but the last two installments were not as good as the original.

- rayman0071, Friday, October 29, 2010