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Plot Hole in ‘Back to the Future’ Finally Explained By Its Screenwriter

by Timothy Rawles
Back to the Future

Perfect movies probably don’t exist, but a recent Twitter volley between James Gunn, Chris Pratt, and Back to the Future screenwriter Bob Gale suggests they do.

Social media games are the rage right now during quarantine and one, where people list their 5 Best Movies to watch during the pandemic, turned into a discussion about what makes a “perfect” movie.

Director and writer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), according to The Hollywood Reporter, broke down his thoughts on distinctive films, citing one shining example.

“A perfect film can be different from a favorite film, or a great film,” he wrote. “A perfect film is something that sings from start to finish with no obvious mistakes, whether they be aesthetic or structural. There are no logical lapses. Back to the Future SEEMINGLY could be imperfect (why don’t Mom and Dad remember Marty?), but I would still argue it’s a perfect film because there are reasons why this could conceivably be the case (time protects itself from unraveling, etc). Or maybe I’m in denial. Who knows.”

The Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, served up his explanation.

“Maybe they do remember him tho, not as Marty, as Calvin. When Marty returns to present day 1985, it could have been years since his parents would have perhaps originally noted the uncanny resemblance between their son and that kid from high school 20 years previous.”

Turns out Pratt was on the right track, Back to the Future screenwriter Bob Gale backed him up and settled the debate via The Hollywood Reporter.

“Bear in mind that George and Lorraine only knew Marty/Calvin for eight days when they were 17, and they did not even see him every one of those eight days. So, many years later, they still might remember that interesting kid who got them together on their first date.”

But I would ask anyone to think back on their own high school days and ask themselves how well they remember a kid who might have been at their school for even a semester. Or someone you went out with just one time. If you had no photo reference, after 25 years, you’d probably have just a hazy recollection.”

“So Lorraine and George might think it funny that they once actually met someone named Calvin Klein, and even if they thought their son at age 16 or 17 had some resemblance to him, it wouldn’t be a big deal. I’d bet most of us could look thru our high school yearbooks and find photos of our teen-aged classmates that bear some resemblance to our children.”

Gale’s beloved story was recently re-envisioned by a fan collective who took Back to the Future Part II and broke it into 88 scenes. Using stop motion photography, make-shift props and a lot of artistic license, the YouTube film has garnered nearly 100,000 views. You can watch it below:

 

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