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Common Sense Media: Hilarious History Movies

'Back to the Future' (1985)

Ages: 8+

Why We Love It: '80s time-travel favorite has laughs, romance, action.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this family time-travel favorite includes sequences that place the hero and his friends in physical jeopardy: a gunfight in which a sympathetic character is thought to be killed, a van chasing a teen on a skateboard, several episodes of bullying, and more. The violence is exaggerated and closer in tone to cartoon jeopardy than real danger, but some kids will no doubt find it tense. Several scenes show the hero's discomfort when the girl who will eventually be his mother tries to entice him with kisses and embraces; there's also implied unwanted sex, but nothing serious happens. Strong language includes a couple of racial slurs in the 1950s-set scenes. It's worth noting that this is the movie that alerted the public to the concept of product placement, with controversy arising from the near-constant visuals of Pepsi products and other brands. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Universal Pictures)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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