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In Back to the Future, Marty goes back to 1955 and devises a plan for his father George McFly to win over Lorraine in order to ensure Marty's survival.

The plan involved Marty pretending to sexually assault Lorraine then George would step in and stop him. Biff meddles with Marty's plan, by kicking Marty out of the car and then he tries to rape Lorraine. George expecting to find Marty in the car, instead finds Biff and musters the courage to stop Biff and protect Lorraine.

Near the end of the movie when Marty travels back to 1985 we see that Biff is outside of Marty's house waxing George's car. Why would George employ Biff to do this job? I can't imagine Lorraine would be too happy with the idea.

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Well it was a very good wax. –  Urbycoz Apr 29 '13 at 12:24

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I haven't seen any director commentary, so I can't speak with full authority.

However, I don't think they thought that hard about it. I think it is put in there for dramatic effect.

The antagonist was defeated, and now instead of the big man on campus, he practically begs from George McFly for work. It is a triumph of the little guy over his oppressor.

The movie is full of David vs Goliath moments, and that's when you know the underdog ultimately won.

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No offence, but that link is a really bad one. 'Nearly every Rocky and Jackie Chan movie' it says. Jackie Chan and Rocky Balboa, weak, defenceless underdogs??! Yeah right. –  poepje Jun 11 '12 at 11:59
    
@poepje: The main article is accurate. It's community contributed content, so not all of it is going to be accurate. Feel free to go fix those examples :) –  Merlyn Morgan-Graham Jun 11 '12 at 16:15
  1. It's not clear that Biff was trying to rape Loraine. Although he was clearly taking liberties he should not have.

  2. McFly subdued Biff in the fight at the dance. After that, Biff learned to take his place behind McFly. The car-waxing scene was really just to prove this.

  3. 30 years had passed. The new, wiser McFly was undoubtedly able to forgive Biff--especially with Biff in his new subordinate role.

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We're talking about a movie filmed in 1985 set in the year 1955. People's attitudes towards consent were different back then. For example, no one, at least not at the time, would say John Travolta was trying to rape Olivia Newton-John in Grease.

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I don't think this explains why McFly would want to employ Biff, which is what the question asks. –  abby hairboat Dec 21 '11 at 20:37

I don't think he employed him (as in, offering him money for doing it). I think it is more that he commanded him to do it, that is, he's now the one who can get Biff to do things for him, and Biff no longer has the balls to refuse.

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I suspect it is, I got the feeling that Biff was his employee in some respect. Most adults don't commant (bully) people to wash their cars. It also would have been a poor reflection on George if he was after turning into a bully. –  AidanO Jun 14 '12 at 10:37

For all we know, in the intervening years, Biff saw the error of his ways, begged forgiveness, and was accepted by the McFlys as a changed man.

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Have you ever noticed how feminine Biff's character is in the new 1985? The assumption the audience is being invited to make is that, because he was so completely emasculated in his encounter with George McFly the night of the dance, Biff eventually became a homosexual. This explains why George McFly doesn't consider it a risk to keep him around the house despite his past misdeeds.

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-1; I don't agree with this assessment at all. If you can offer specific evidence (tropes, allusions in the movie to interest in males, specific manner of dress considered homosexual in 1985, specific behavior considered FEMININE and not just submissive in American culture in 1985, etc) of him being explicitly depicted as homosexual, I'll remove my downvote. Until then I will just assume it is just your personal concepts and stereotypes speaking rather than any evidence in the movie. –  Merlyn Morgan-Graham Jun 26 '13 at 21:29

In the book version, it makes it clear that Biff was, indeed, trying to rape Lorraine. When he sees her in the car after threatening to take the damage to his own car out of Marty's ass, he says (in the book) "Maybe I'll take part of it outta your ass."

The book then goes on to say, after Marty is locked in the Starlighters' car trunk, that Marty was kicking himself, figuratively speaking, for the fact that "if it hadn't been for him, Lorraine would be inside enjoying the dance instead of having to fight to avoid being raped".

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Yet this doesn't really answer the actual question, does it? –  Napoleon Wilson Aug 8 '13 at 19:38
    
True, but it does validate the question. As to the answer, it is likely Biff was so scared by what could have happened to him that (jail) that he gave up drinking and as a result turned his life around, though a seed of his former self always waited for revenge –  ElegantButler Aug 8 '13 at 20:14
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I think I understand where you're heading in your reply, and if so, I think you're on the right track, but, please, elaborate and then update your post with it so that it actually answers the question –  Tom Aug 8 '13 at 21:19
    
When Biff gave up the bottle and George saw Biff was doing all he could to change, he probably hired Biff in order to help him get customers in order to help prevent Biff from backsliding. –  ElegantButler Aug 9 '13 at 3:43
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You can edit your answer rather than just commenting on it - this is how StackExchange works - you can improve on what you post originally. As it stands it is still more of a comment than an answer. –  iandotkelly Aug 9 '13 at 3:58

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