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Steven L writes...

You said a while ago that you found Back To The Future 2 "masturbatory". I was just curious why that was. (Not asking in any hostile way. Just genuinely curious.)

Greg responds...

I enjoyed the first film. I even loved the ending and was looking forward to the sequel.

But the sequel was disappointing. It's been awhile, so my full grasp of my specific gripes are vague, but...

The way that Elizabeth Shue (MJF's recast girlfriend) is shunted aside suggested that they weren't interested in really expanding on the previous movies' situation but were really just interested in doing a CRAZIER version of the first film.

MJF plays his character's own kids. Why? He didn't play his own parents in the first movie. What's the point of casting him as his own son AND DAUGHTER, except to mess with our suspension of disbelief for the sake of showing us just how undeniably talented MJF is.

All the intercutting with the first film was interesting at first, but ultimately served to undercut the first film in my memory.

All this struck me as masturbatory. The film-makers (particularly Zemekis and Fox) having their own good time at the expense of what could have been a really fun movie.

Just my opinion, of course.

Response recorded on November 06, 2001