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Parents' Guide to

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Buoyant, farcical time-travel Enterprise escapade.

Movie PG 1986 119 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 5 parent reviews

age 10+

The best in the series!

Except for the occasional language (d##n, hell, dumb###), this movie could be rated G. The edited-for-television version would be ideal for younger viewers.
age 8+

Oldies can be goodies!

WONDERFUL! Interesting, topical, humorous, multicultural, well-done. I would show this to any child above 8 years old and expect to have a good conversation when the film ended.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (16 ):

This movie successfully captured the same lighthearted spirit of some of the classic 1960s TV episodes. The bulk of the fun of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home -- and it is fun, much of the time, played for breezy laughs, despite the mortal peril for the Earth -- centers on the super-competent 23rd-century visitors' awkwardness fitting into 1986 Earth society and dealing with money, rude people, profanity, exact bus fare, and more.

The cast has seldom been more charming (and that's saying a lot), and there's a running undercurrent about Spock gradually reconnecting with his shipmates and learning to balance logic with emotion. Sure, the special effects are good too (note the use of early CGI to simulate the time warp), but it's the beloved characterizations that set it apart from the vast majority of screen science-fiction that's all about the gadgets, rockets, aliens, and monster costumes.

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