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Parents Guide for
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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.

A guy sexually harasses a girl in a school cafeteria.

A guy makes a plan to sexually offend and scare off a girl (the past version of his mother).

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.

Violence & Gore

A man attempts to rape a girl, but the man is stopped by another character who reluctantly helps the girl.

Some fist-fight scenes. An unarmed character is shot multiple times, we see no blood. We see his body lying on the ground from some distance afterwards.

A group of teenagers chase a character through a small town in their car.


Four uses of "Shit". 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".

Oone 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.

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.

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