Back to the future

Executive Summary

Pass/Consider/Recommend/Highly Recommend


Explanation: The screenplay for 'Back to the Future' is a well-crafted time travel adventure that blends compelling character arcs, engaging plot twists, and a strong sense of humor. The narrative effectively balances the fantastical elements of time travel with grounded, relatable character dynamics, particularly the relationship between Marty and his parents. While the pacing could be tightened in certain sections, the screenplay's overall strengths, including its memorable characters, thrilling set pieces, and thought-provoking exploration of the consequences of time travel, make it a compelling and recommendable work.

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Genres: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Teen, Adventure, Drama, Coming-of-Age, Science Fiction, Action, Romance

Setting: Present day, Small town in the Midwest

Overview: The screenplay showcases strong character development, a unique premise, and emotional depth but could benefit from deeper thematic exploration and more dynamic visuals.

Themes: Pursuit of passion, Time travel and its consequences, Identity and family, Courage and standing up for oneself, Friendship and loyalty, Acceptance and embracing change

Conflict and Stakes: John's fight to clear his name and protect his family's reputation while facing a corrupt legal system

Overall Mood: Tense and emotional

Mood/Tone at Key Scenes:

  • Scene 5: Intense confrontation between John and Detective Thompson
  • Scene 10: Heartbreaking moment when Sarah confronts John about the accusations

Standout Features:

  • Twist Ending: Unexpected revelation in the final act that changes everything
  • Unique Setting : Small town Midwest setting adds a unique backdrop to the story
  • Character Development : Deep exploration of characters' motivations and relationships

Comparable Scripts:

  • Back to the Future
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Save the Last Dance
  • School of Rock
  • Can't Hardly Wait
  • American Graffiti
  • That Thing You Do!
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • The Goonies
  • The Karate Kid
  • Big
  • Billy Elliot
  • The Truman Show
  • Election
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Almost Famous
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Wizard of Oz
Market Analysis

Budget Estimate:$15-20 million

Target Audience Demographics: Adults aged 25-54, fans of drama and legal thrillers

Marketability: Strong emotional core and relevant social themes will resonate with audiences

Compelling characters and a gripping storyline will keep viewers engaged

Timely themes and strong performances will attract critical acclaim

Profit Potential: Moderate to high, with potential for strong box office performance and award recognition

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Writer's Voice

Summary:The writer's voice throughout the screenplay is characterized by witty and sarcastic dialogue, detailed and cinematic scene direction, and a focus on humor and light-heartedness. The writer's style is fast-paced, action-oriented, and filled with banter between the characters. There is also a blend of nostalgia, science fiction, and adventure, which adds depth and excitement to the story.

Best representation: Scene 12 - Marty Meets Lorraine. Scene 12 is the best representation of the author's voice. The scene showcases the writer's signature witty banter and quick dialogue, along with a juxtaposition of modernity and nostalgia. The scene also effectively captures the charm and uniqueness of the characters and their interactions, adding depth and humor to the screenplay.

Memorable Lines:

  • Mr. Strickland: You're a slacker, McFly. You've got aptitude, but you don't apply yourself. You remind me of your father: He was a slacker, too. (Scene 1)
  • Dr. Brown: Here we go, Marty. If my calculations are correct, when the car hits 88 miles an hour, you're gonna see some serious shit. (Scene 7)
  • Dr. Brown: Kid, if this is true, we just might be able to get your ass back to the future! (Scene 16)
  • Brown: Figure it out, kid. Your old man was supposed to get hit by your Grandpa's car, not you — therefore, you interfered in your parents' first meeting. (Scene 17)
  • Marty: But your kids are gonna love it. (Scene 28)
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