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Star Trek: First Contact

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Intense, gory Starfleet adventure earns series' first PG-13.

Movie PG-13 1996 111 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Fine except for that one scene...

Fairly standard sci-fi violence with movie gore (this is not just an episode from television). The Borg Queen is the riskiest aspect for families. She’s designed with bare-shoulders sensuality and the writers “went there” by having her (basically) seduce Data with provocative language and a full-screen kiss. Our kids (12 & 9) still get very uncomfortable by on-screen things having to do with sensuality so I quickly tried to fast forward past the scene. The story itself is fun and the drinking is mostly played for laughs even if it’s worth a deeper analysis of alcoholism as a disease. Overall, our budding Trek fans in the household really liked the movie..
age 12+

The Best TNG Film. Excellent flick, deserving of PG-13 rating.

Not as gory as Wrath of Khan, but it has it’s moments. Excellent movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Kids (heck, adults too) who have absorbed Treklore on the level of their Pokemon or Buffy the Vampire Slayer scholarship should be delighted by the well-modulated space adventure. Though it comes on like gangbusters (or Borgbusters, as the case may be), as with many Star Trek movies, knowledge of the dense TV mythology is crucial to comprehending this maximum-warp theatrical expansion. Someone who has not seen the cliffhanger episodes in which Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is captured and turned into a Borg, will be a bit lost -- and Star Trek: First Contact not only references them but also connects, to varying degrees, with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, among others. In-joke lines and cameos that made audiences cheer in 1996 may seem puzzling and out of context today.

While the relatively tame stuff on Earth with Zephraim Cochrane seems to have drifted in from an entirely different (and more lighthearted) film, it gives you vital breathing space in between the Borg conflict, in which the stakes are literally a fate worse than death. Indeed, the vibe is not unlike Alien as the purposeful zombies take over deck by deck -- only to meet their match in human will and loyalty.

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