Parents' Guide to

Back to the Future Part II

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Amusing futuristic sequel more dated, edgier than original.

Movie PG 1989 108 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 9+

Some info

no sex, no visible nudity (there are two shirtless girls in a hot tub with Biff, but you don’t see anything), abusive husband, Violence: 2/5 Swearing: 2/5 (not the F word) Sex/Nudity: 0.5/5 It’s a really good movie, and i promise that it’s not as bad as it seems. I’d say 9+ but it depends on you!

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age 15+

Why Back to the Future 2 is mature

I think Back to the Future 2 is very mature, that's why an r or high og 13 fits how this movie is made. It has violence, strong language, nudity, and has achohol and drug reference.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27):
Kids say (92):

There are downsides to this installment that make it less exciting than the original. As with The Matrix, a few critics regard the Back to the Future trilogy as one milestone original and two less-memorable sequels -- particularly this one. Admittedly, there's still plenty of nostalgia value and amusement at the expense of the once distant, now all-too-imaginable future depicted here, and Fox and Lloyd continue to be a winning comedic combination. But the plot's overdependence on the annoying Biff character; the replacement of Crispin Glover, who so deftly played Marty's meek father George McFly; the fact that Fox and Wilson have to play more than one person; and the simple lack of novelty with the time-travel concept are but a few of the reasons this sequel is
fun but not fantastic.

Parents who grew up in the '80s may be surprised at how dated BACK TO THE FUTURE II feels, even though it was obviously made after the original, which still holds up after 25 years. It will remain, however, one of those movies that Generation Xers gravitate to and introduce to their kids. Children will get a kick out of the fact that the future imagined by Zemeckis involves shimmery metallic outfits and hover-boards for the general population. Maybe in another 25 years...

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