Back to the Future Part II

Much of the nostalgia fueling Back to the Future Day comes from people (like yours truly) who are actually old enough to remember when 1989 was the present, and 2015 was an impossibly distant future. But a whole generation of moviegoers has come up since that film was released.

So how do teens today — who, keep in mind, weren’t even born when Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale were predicting hoverboards and self-tying laces for 2015 — feel about the movie? Watch teens react to Back to the Future Part II after the jump. 

Here’s “Teens React to Back to the Future Part II” from the Fine Bros.

At first, the video induces a sigh of relief: Most of the kids interviewed have actually seen Back to the Future Part II, and some of them even seem to love it as much as any Gen X-er might. (Maybe because these are the children of Gen X.) This isn’t like “Kids React to Walkmans,” where the children involved had literally no idea what they were dealing with.

But that relief is short-lived. One kid says of the movie, “It’s so cute how old it is,” while another asks if Christopher Lloyd is even still alive. (“Yes!” exclaims the presumably ancient interviewer off-camera.) And then one drops the bombshell that 1989 — when Part II was released — was ten years before she was even born. The math checks out, but yikes, what depressing math it is.

Elsewhere, the kids laugh at the film’s very ’80s ideas about 2010s fashion, which seems kind of rich considering they’re all dressed in recycled ’90s trends; join the rest of the world in lamenting the fact that hoverboards aren’t real yet; and point out that the main reason newspapers with moving images aren’t a thing because newspapers themselves aren’t really a thing anymore.

The best part of the video, though, is when the Fine Bros. turn the tables on these bright-eyed youngsters by asking them to predict what the world will be like in 30 years. One protests, “So now what you’re saying is, because you had to do it, I have to do it too?” and another complains that she doesn’t want to think about turning 40.

There’s some unexpected wisdom buried in there, too, though. “Thirty years is nothing in the grand scheme of things,” one of the kids sagely notes. “Thirty years is like, I don’t know, one song on an iPod in a giant playlist that is life.” Well put. Now have fun explaining to your kids in 30 years what “iPods” and “playlists” were.

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