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Parents' Guide to

Star Trek: Insurrection

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Like a long episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Movie PG 1998 103 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+

The first skippable Trek movie.

You can skip this and Nemesis and head straight to Star Trek 2009.
age 10+

Typical Trek movie, nothing new here

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This reasonably engaging movie seems uncommonly like a typical episode of the hit Star Trek: The Next Generation cast TV show. The budget for special effects is kicked up a notch, but otherwise Star Trek: Insurrection is a fairly routine escapade for the well-drawn, principled, and likeable space-traveling heroes. Early script drafts called for the famously bald Capt. Picard to find his hair growing back courtesy of alien rejuvenation, or Data getting killed. But these Very-Special-Episode gimmicks were ultimately excised, making Insurrection just an ordinary entry in an admittedly extraordinary and high-quality science-fiction franchise.

Even the big payoffs -- stalwart Picard revolts against an ignoble Starfleet and falls in love with an enticing alien -- carry little impact because much the same happened every week on the various TV shows (especially with Capt. Kirk at the helm). Conclusion: if your family loved the television program and considers the characters like old friends, enjoy the ride and the reunion, but don't expect the loftiness attained by earlier Trek theatrical features.

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