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Back to the Future

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. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 116
Theater Release: 03 Jul 1985
Video Release: 10 Feb 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Back to the Future Rated PG?


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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