Usually I get annoyed when someone disses something I really like. But I have to hand it to Darach McGarrigle, his critic of one of my favorite movies at the time (hey, I was a teenager) is spot on and hilarious (and slightly edited) :
“The Plot: Marty McFly goes back in time, helps his parents get together, invents rock and roll…
The Hole: …and everyone promptly forgets he was ever there the minute he leaves.
Nobody notices that a famous clothing brand is later named after him, nobody notices that Chuck Berry releases a song that sounds pretty similar to the one he played at the big dance, and most importantly, nobody bats an eyelid when his Mom has a kid who looks exactly like him.
Now we don’t claim to know exactly what first enters the mind of a married man when his wife births a child who looks identical to their old high school boyfriend, but we’re guessing it’s not “time travel conspiracy.” Old George was either the most oblivious, forgiving man on earth, or there were some secret resentment beatings in the McFly household.
Even more disturbing, what must his Mom have thought? The only explanation we can see making sense from her point of view is that Marty was Satan (he did invent rock and roll after all) and the whole thing’s some kind of demon spawn Rosemary’s Baby type deal. And no one should ever be in a position where the most plausible explanation for their situation implies that they (slept with) Satan.
Plus, think how chilling Marty’s final remark on stage becomes given this context: “I guess you’re not ready for that yet… but your kids are gonna love it.” ”
You can find this critic (with stills from the movie) alongside his other critics, which are also quite hilarious, at: http://www.cracked.com/article_16625_8-classic-movies-that-got-away-with-gaping-plot-holes.html.
PS: Ok, fine, I admit it. I still love Back to the Future and it’s still among my top movies.