Box art for Back to the Future Part III

Back to the Future Part III

children & family, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels to 1885 to rescue Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and put the past, present and future on track so they can all get back to where - and when - they belong.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

Wild West-themed final installment is fine for older tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this final installment in the Back to the Future trilogy is, like its predecessors, a PG film with a tad more language than usual. But there's actually slightly less innuendo and a lot less bully-related violence in this one than in Part II. The coarsest language includes "bitch," "assh--e," and "s--t," with several insults and synonyms for "coward" thrown in on a more regular basis. Although there's romance, it's very chaste except for two kisses and one off-color reference to what a woman could do that's worth $80 to settle a debt. All of the violence involves guns and fists, and in one brief scene it looks like Marty is going to be hanged, but no one dies, and it's all kept rather comical, even when a huge group of horse-mounted Indians are riding with guns and arrows. Unlike in the first two movies, in this one Doc Brown learns love is even more important than his rules for time travel.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Marty and Doc remain loyal friends in all three movies. How do they help each other in this installment? What challenges change from film to film, and what stays the same?
  • How did romance change Doc's ideas about time travel? Why does he decide that he's going to stay behind in the "past"?
  • What does Marty learn about not letting taunts like "are you chicken?" get to him? How can you apply that lesson in your own life?
  • If you've seen the first two films, which of the three is your favorite? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Nowhere near the caliber of parts I & II, but still a fun movie with redeeming qualities. This installment did get a lot more banter between Marty and Doc Brown and some classic moments with Mad Dog Butannen. However, the western plot line was a giant letdown and didn't fit at all.

- ythelastman89, Monday, November 23, 2009

4 stars

Not the best of the triology movies but still clever storyline and great characters. Doc is stuck in the Wild West and Marty goes back in time to save him.

- thmtsang, Wednesday, November 11, 2009

4 stars

Every film should have a ZZ Top cameo in it! It gets a bit schmaltzy towards the end but this is a good finish to a classic trilogy.

- SirPant, Friday, September 18, 2009