Top Back to the Future Part 2 (1989) Quotes
No hoverboards, no flying cars, and hardly any dystopian madness — Back to the Future 2 (1989) promised us so much about 2015, and while there is still time, it really feels like it was all a crock. Still, one can’t deny the brilliance and heady ambition of a film whose adventure crisscrosses between the past, present, and the future; painting a vivid picture of worlds barely remembered, barely understood, and only barely imagined. Back to the Future 2 doesn’t stand up to it’s predecessor, which is routinely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time, but it is chalk full of iconic moments, unforgettable visuals, and of course, easily repeatable quotes. Here now are 10 of the best movie quotes from Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future 2.
1. “Do we become assholes or something?”
We all do McFly, we all do.
2. “Great Scott!”
Everyone knows about the work Zemeckis and Spielberg did on the Back to the Future trilogy, but screenwriter (and frequent Zemeckis cohort) Bob Gale deserves equal credit for not just constructing the world that Marty McFly, Biff, and Doc Brown lived in, but also the remarkable catchphrases he helped author. It’s easy to shrug off such a thing, but like pop music, you have to give credit to someone who can repeatedly make something that sticks in our collective brains like a dart in a cork board and Christopher Lloyd’s exclamation, “Great Scott!” is certainly that kind of thing.
3. “Where are we? When are we?”
Ah, the drawbacks of time travel. You never know where or when you are, you can’t use it for financial gain, you’ve gotta watch out for butterflies, and you need to hope your girlfriend won’t lobby to get you committed when you tell her that you’re in a time machine, not a DeLorean.
4. “Nobody calls me chicken”
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox, duh) is a tough little guy, blessed not just with fly suspenders, a pretty awesome vest, and maddening guitar skills, but also a chip on his shoulder. Here, we see what happens when young Griff Tannen tries to goad him into joining his gang.
5. “Our only chance to repair the future, is in the past.”
Confronted with a world gone mad, his father dead, and his mother shacked up with a version of Biff that has somehow merged with the departed soul of Fat Elvis, Marty and Doc realize that the only way to set things right is by going back… to the past.
6. “Manure! I hate manure!”
7. “You got exactly 3 seconds to get off my porch with your nuts intact!”
If you needed a screaming, intimidating, hard ass back in the 80s and early 90s, James Tolkan (aka Mr. Strickland) was your man. Here, Marty McFly comes across a starkly different Mr. Strickland than he encountered in 1950s Hill Valley.
8. The thing about hoverboards…
As I said up top, we don’t have real hoverboards yet. Personally though, I really hope they don’t come to market without some kind of ability to navigate over water so we don’t wind up like Marty McFly, stuck over a pond, desperately drenching your kicks in an effort to paddle forward. Try to get the way Griff’s flunky says “Power!” out of your head, I dare you.
9. “Anybody home?!”
Old Biff seems like less than a gentle octogenarian, wrapping people on the head with his cane, talking down to them, and generally being a dick in high wasted pants and a groovy turtleneck. Nobody calls a McFly a chicken, but Biff sure pounds on his head like he’s making scaloppini.
10. “Make like a tree…”
Speaking of catchphrases, poor Thomas F. Wilson (aka Biff) will probably be gritting his teeth and repeating the “Make like a tree and get out of here!” line to annoying fans for the rest of his life. Here, Biff delivers the infamous line but he is corrected by his elder self. Remember when you were really into the Backstreet Boys? Pray that an elder you comes back to set you straight. If they try to give you a sports almanac from the future though, just say no.