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Back to the Future (1985)

  • Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 116 min.

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

"Kids and parents alike are gonna dig this wonderful fantasy."
- Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News
"It isn't often that extremely clever moviemakers use their brains in the service of pure fun. But that's just what the people who made Back to the Future have done."
- Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Future fandom resonates in the public imagination because it marries innocence with high-concept fun."
- Eric Kohn, indieWire
"Shows not only a fine comic touch but also some of the lighthearted humanism of a Frank Capra."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the mid-'80s most enduring and enjoyable confections: an infectious mix of comedy, fantasy, satire, excitement, and nostalgia."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"So what we have in the middle of Back to the Future, this seeming kids' movie full of screeching cars, special effects and lightning storms, is nothing less than an adult reverie. And if families could be persuaded to see this film together, it might touch off a long night of sharing between parents and children."
- Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The best mainstream film since "E.T.," is an uplifting reminder that Hollywood can still produce truly great entertainment...The plot is so exquisitely developed that divulging anything beyond the basic outline might diminish the joyous surprises that await an audience thirsting for originality in a reactionary medium. "
- Michael Blowen, Boston Globe