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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity


A 'XXX' cinema is seen in the background of a small town twice.

Some moments of Marty's young mother (due to him going back in time) being attracted to her own future son (without knowing he's her son). She had removed his pants (off screen) while he was unconscious after an accident and openly comes on to him. (This is played for humor.) She later kisses him while parked together in a car; she describes it: "like I was kissing my brother."

Marty's father is shown as a window peeper in his youth. You see the girl (his future wife) undressing in front of the window while he watches. She is shown wearing a bra (from a distance), before he falls out of the tree.

A teenage boy attempts to sexually assault a teenage girl in a car, but is stopped. She is seen gasping and kicking, but is quickly rescued. Ample amounts of her cleavage can be seen

Violence & Gore


Biff who is a violent, aggressive bully consistently bullies Marty's father, George. He threatens George with violence all the time to make him do things against his will.

Biff also attempts to bully Marty, however as Marty stands up to him there are a few scuffles between them. In one scene Biff and his gang pick on Marty in the caf, Marty gets the better of Biff and runs off. Biff then chases Marty in his car, Marty who is now on a skate board just manages to swerve out of the way as Biff tries to ram him and Biff crashes into a manure truck. however apart form Biff's car no one is hurt or injured during this scene.

During the dinner hall scene with Lorraine and Biff, Lorraine slaps Biff across the face and tells him to shut his dirty mouth.

At the beginning of the movie Mr Strickland, a teacher at Marty's school, aggressively shouts at Marty and brands him as a "slacker" Later on in the movie Mr Strickland adopts the same tone and manner towards Marty's teenage father also calling him a "slacker".

Near the end of the movie, George sick to the back teeth of Biff's bulling way's finally snaps, he punches Biff hard in the face coursing Biff to fall over backwards and it appears that Biff has been knocked out you can see him lying motionless on the ground but no blood or bruising is seen.



Multiple uses of "Shit", (although are cut from most TV versions). There are also a dozen uses each of "Hell" and "Damn", and three or four uses of "Son of a Bitch" and "Bastard." Two "Asses" and one "Asshole". Three uses of "Goddamn". The names, "Jesus" and "God" are misused a number of times. A black character is called "spook". One possible and faint use of "Fuck."

This movie came out just a year after the PG-13 rating was released. It would most likely get that rating if re-released today.

4/10 One of the characters had been drinking and driving.

One of the characters is seen drunk.

Also, Lorraine (at age 17) drinks alcohol and smokes a cigarette, but she is stopped on both occasions by Marty. He takes a sip of the alcohol but then spits it out.

The members of the band playing at the dance are seen smoking outside of the high school and it's implied they're smoking "reefers".


Characters are in mild to moderate peril throughout. Some risk involved with ledges and things going wrong but no-one is ever harmed or put at serious risk.

Some scenes of bullying may be slightly disturbing to some viewers.

Terrorists with automatic weapons drive past shooting at Doc and Marty and then crash into a 1-hour photo kiosk. Doc is shot at many times and it is believed he is killed, no blood. Marty is uninjured.

The scene where Marty starts to fade could be disturbing for young or sensitive Viewers.

23/50 - this is okay for 10+

Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, suggestive humor, language, and brief drug use.

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