Roger Ebert

Serious Shit: On the Reagan-era weirdness of "Back To The Future"

Serious Shit: On the Reagan-era weirdness of 'Back To The Future'

Thirty minutes into "Back To The Future," the highest-grossing film of 1985, Christopher Lloyd is being gangland murdered in the parking lot of a J.C. Penney by "Libyan nationalists" piloting a VW van. One of the Libyans is just spraying shells into his body at almost point-blank range with an AKM assault rifle as Michael J. Fox watches in horror less than one hundred yards from the (albeit closed) J.C. Penney in this PG-rated film that Roger Ebert praised for its likeness to "It's a Wonderful Life." You remember that famous scene where George and Clarence run a Seal Team Six on Mr. Potter, right?

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