Parents' Guide to

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

The Enterprise's first feature, with smarts outdoing guns.

Movie PG 1979 143 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 2+

The adventures of Star Shrek

age 7+

Wonderful film.

Seek out the Director’s Edition. Originally rated G, this was rerated PG. Other than the transporter malfunction at the beginning, this is smooth sailing for family watching, much like the Original Series.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (12 ):

While the $42 million budget generated almost as much awe in itself as the movie's cosmic menace, the best part about Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the reunion of beloved small-screen cast members. Far more complex than the film's plot is the story behind the many years it took to bring the first Star Trek film to the big screen. It's commendable that the filmmakers, for the most part, stuck to the TV show's model of character-based dramatics, and an interplanetary menace was defeated using intellect and good judgment, not light sabers.

Still, the film is a pretty ponderous spectacle. When the Enterprise enters the vast, cloudlike boundaries of the intruder, an awful lot of the movie is indeed the cast gaping at the shimmering light show, right up to a quasi-mystical finale that might have some viewers more puzzled than dazzled.

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