Back to the Future parents guide

Back to the Future

Overall C+

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.

Release date July 3, 1985

Violence D+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C
Substance Use C-

Why is Back to the Future rated PG? The MPAA rated Back to the Future PG

Run Time: 116 minutes

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Back to the Future
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Back to the Future rated PG? Back to the Future is rated PG by the MPAA

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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Back to the Future
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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News About "Back to the Future"

Cast and Crew

Back to the Future is directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Back to the Future movie is February 10, 2009. Here are some details…

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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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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