The Four Coolest Back to the Future References In the Last Four Years

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Coco Collantes
Author: Coco Collantes


Last week, Nike announced that they were releasing 1500 pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG, which were inspired by the self-lacing sneakers that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future Part II.

Frank Marshall, who served as executive producer on all three Back to the Future films, directed the commercial for the MAG, which features Saturday Night Live staple Bill Hader, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, and Christopher Lloyd, who reprises his role as Doc Emmett Brown.

All proceeds would benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

In honor of this momentous occasion, we're listing The Four Coolest Back to the Future References In the Last Four Years.

Back to the Future nods are a dime a dozen. Community did it last season. 30 Rock has done it a few times (Does anyone remember "Black to the Future?"). Michael Scott yells out "Great Scott!" at the end of that infamous "Faces of Scranton" video. TNA wrestler Frankie "The Future" Kazarian's finishing maneuver is called "The Flux Capacitor."

In Mike Judge's Idiocracy, a burnt-up DeLorean makes a cameo. Rex quotes George McFly not once, but twice in Toy Story. In an episode of LOST, a time-traveling Hurley checks his hand to see if it's disappearing. In a really cool reference, Hal (the amazing Bryan Cranston) once mentioned on Malcolm In the Middle that the company he works for is involved in the manufacture of Flux Capacitors. I don't watch The Big Bang Theory but I'm pretty sure those nerds have alluded to Back to the Future at least once.

The Simpsons, Futurama, South Park, Stargate... pretty much every goddamn thing that's ever been goddamn made since 1985 has given a nod to this film.

And do you know why all these people in all these shows and movies keep on referencing this cinematic masterpiece?

It's all because Back to the Future is the SINGLE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME.

If you do not agree to this, then you, sir/ma'am, are retarded.

Also, you're probably a terrorist.

Who rapes babies.

All that being said, it would take us an eternity to count down the most awesome Back to the Future references (as if all of them weren't awesome, psh), so we're just going with the four coolest ones in the last four years.

On with the list.

4. Fight for Your Right Revisited/Make Some Noise (2011)

Fight for Your Right Revisited was a short film made by the Beastie Boys which takes off where the trio's Fight For Your Right music video left off in 1987. The film features a plethora of A-listers, including Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and Elijah Wood, who portray the hip-hop legends Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock, respectively.

John C. Reilly, Jack Black, and Will Ferrell show up in the third act as the time-traveling "Future" Beastie Boys, hopping off a DeLorean, and challenging their 1987 counterparts to a duel, which culminates in them dissing (and pissing) on each other.

I was serious about the "pissing" part.

It's all in the film, and you can ch-ch-check it out in its entirety here (see what I did there). Embedded below is the music video for Make Some Noise, which is  pretty much a trimmed down version of the film. The DeLorean is featured right at the end.

3. Conan: Ding Dong the Witch Is Dad (2011)

On the April 7, 2011 episode of Conan, they made an alternate version of their opening credits. It would normally show a car crossing a bridge, a family getting off, going inside their house, and turning on the TV.

But in this version, the car (you guessed it) is the DeLorean. It hits 88 miles per hour and gets the 1.21 jigowatts of electricity it needs to get the Flux Capacitor to kick in, which transports the car back to 1928.

The infamous Clock Tower even makes an appearance. NICE.

2. Knocked Up (2007)

This video pretty much speaks for itself, but Leslie Mann's line is such a gem that it bears repeating:

"Hey, I have a really good idea. Why don't you two get in your time machine, go back in time, and fuck each other!"


1. Fringe: Peter (2010)

In Fringe, one of the centrifugal story points is the existence of alternate universes, and one such universe gets particular attention, where the leads and have traveled back and forth from.

In Season 2, Episode 16, this alternate universe is featured prominently and there is a scene which takes place outside a theater. On the marquee it says: "BACK TO THE FUTURE - STARRING ERIC STOLTZ."

If you're one of the retarded baby-raping terrorists that I pertained to earlier who don't think that Back to the Future is the greatest movie ever made, then you probably don't get this reference.

You see, Michael J. Fox wasn't originally cast as Marty McFly. Eric Stoltz, who you may remember as the red-haired freak who gets a tube shoved into his throat in Anaconda, was initially hired to play Marty.

They had even commenced filming with Stoltz in the lead, until a window opened in Fox's tight schedule (he was busy honoring his Family Ties commitments at the time), and the filmmakers took this opportunity to cast their dream actor in Fox as they gave Stoltz the ol' heave-ho.

So this implies that Fringe's alter-niverse, Zemeckis, Marshall, and Spielberg never got Michael J. Fox to play Marty McFly, which would have been a travesty.


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