Box art for Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part II

children & family, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space/time continuum.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 10
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Amusing futuristic sequel more dated, edgier than original.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the second installment in this hit time-travel trilogy is slightly more "PG-13" than "PG." You'll find more language (including "s--t" and "a--hole"), sexual references (including jokes about breast implants and allusions to adultery and threesomes), and negative role models (the plot includes a lot of Biff in all three time periods) than in the first movie, so it may be an iffy pick for early-elementary-aged kids. But for mature older tweens -- or kids who've already enjoyed the original -- the visuals about the movie's "future" and the physical comedy will entertain, even if the time-travel twists can get confusing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to the original Back to the Future. How is Marty's family dilemma different in 2015 than it was in 1955? What are some differences between the original and the sequel? Which one do you like better, and why?
  • What makes Biff such an unredeemed, unapologetic nemesis? How are his motives for time travel back to the '50s different than Marty and Doc's?
  • The "future" is set in 2015, a year that's not so futuristic now. How does real life compare to the future depicted in the 1980s?
  • Did all of the time travel make sense, or was it to difficult to follow? What are some other time travel-themed movies that explore similar themes of trying to right past wrongs?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Not as good as the first, but what sequel ever is? (Well okay, a few, but it's a rare thing!). Still enjoyable. Elizabeth Shue is good as the replacement Jennifer, even though I liked the first one, who couldn't continue here for personal reasons. Lea Thompson, again, steals the show, as Marty's Mum, who is now a grandmother and an alcoholic. The scenes of 2015 were good, obviously not correct, but not too far off in some cases. Scary to think the "future" is now so close - back when I first watched this in the 80's, it seemed impossibly far off! As with the first one, good fun movie with a few laughs and likeable cast. Can't really rate it any higher than 3 1/2, but still an 80's classic!

- romy861, Saturday, December 18, 2010

5 stars

My favourite of the trilogy!

- SirPant, Friday, September 18, 2009

5 stars

Just as fun as the first and has an even better sci-fi element. Going into the future was the best choice they could've made for a sequel. The mystery of Biff's reign of terror on Hill Valley is both engaging and priceless. It has the same element of excitement that makes this series so enjoyable.

- ythelastman89, Monday, November 23, 2009