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Back to the Future


Jul 03, 1985

Latest Home Video

Feb 10, 2009

MPAA Rating



Robert Zemeckis


Michael J. Fox
Christopher Lloyd
Lea Thompson
Crispin Glover
Thomas F. Wilson


1985 Universal Studios

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Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) accidentally time travels back to 1955, thanks to Dr. Emmett Brown's (Christopher Lloyd) souped-up DeLorean. Meeting up with his younger Mom and Dad (Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover), the teen desperately tries to get Back to the Future before his visit alters history permanently.

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Why Is Back to the Future Rated PG?

Back to the Future is rated PG

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Violence: A boy runs into the street and is hit by a car. Foreigners gun down a man (though little blood is seen, the bullets impacting the body are shown) in a parking lot, then attempt to shoot another character. Teens and adults are bullied. A man cuts his hand and later it is seen with a bloody bandage.

Sexual Content: Teens and adults engage in sexually suggestive conversations. A teen couple plans to go on an intimate camping trip together. A boy uses binoculars to watch a girl undress in her bedroom. A teen makes sensual advances toward a boy. A teen boy takes a woman’s bra out of a laundry basket. Girls wear low cut gowns. A boy forcefully kisses a girl against her wishes. A boy has pictures of pin up girls on his bedroom walls. A teen couple kisses.

Language: Over three dozen profanities, terms of Deity and scatological slang are used in the script along with some sexually suggestive dialogue and derogatory racial terms.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A mother, who appears to be intoxicated, drinks at home. Teen characters drink from a flask and a girl smokes. References to illegal drugs are made and it is intimated that adult characters are smoking drugs.

Other: A mother fails to tell the truth about her teen years. Characters are covered by a load of manure.

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Along with his eccentric depiction of Dr. Emmett Brown, actor Christopher Lloyd portrays equally unconventional characters in Angels in the Outfield and My Favorite Martian. Michael J. Fox plays a former child star who runs a talent agency for youngsters in Life With Mickey.

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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Back to the Future...

Back to the Future releases as part of a 25th Anniversary Trilogy on October 26, 2010. The package is available on DVD (plus Digital Copy) or Blu-ray (plus Digital Copy).

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hasnojellys says: May. 24, 2011

It is amazing how time and now being a parent opens your eyes to the content from movies we were raised on.  I was hoping to share with my children 12 & 10 this classic and enjoyable movie.  Yet, as my wife and I screened the movie, as we always do, we were shocked at the amount of vulgar language and sexual innuendos that spewed from the screen.  I never remembered this as a teen when I saw this movie, but there is no way I would let my kids see this movie. It had it’s cute moments, but I was uncomfortable watching as my expectations were much different.  Please look at this movie as a PG 13 movie, before deciding if your child should watch.

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