A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Starfleet is notably racially and species-integrated, and there is a strong sense of friendship, military duty, and loyalty. Religious believers, though -- to the extent that the cultists here can be described as such -- are pretty much brainwashed, uncivilized rabble.
Positive Role Models
The members of the crew work together and are very loyal to each other (Mr. Scott won't disregard an order to get a transporter working, even with Klingons and God on the attack as potential distractions). However, they are quick to use weapons and violence, and demonstrate some anti-religious prejudice.
Violence & Scariness
Ray-gun and rifle-type fire, bloodless hand-to-hand combat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Uhura does a skimpily clad dance to distract some bad guys. There is a catlike alien woman with prominent (multi-breasted) cleavage.
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"God-damned" and "pisses me off" uttered.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Dr. McCoy praises the merits of Kentucky bourbon. Drinking in a riotous interspecies bar. Klingons are shown especially drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some critics of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier have interpreted an unsubtle anti-religious message here. The villain is a religious fanatic with a barbaric flock of pilgrims and a fondness for mind control. As for the vague, godlike being (perhaps even the God) he seeks, it comes across as a manipulative, power-crazed alien-monster menace. There is also drinking, mild curse words, and some fist-fighting and ray-gun violence. A brief subplot involves physician-assisted euthanasia (portraying it more or less with disfavor). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With uneven scripting and effects, this is considered the least worthwhile of the big-screen Trek adaptations; it feels like a slipshod, just-before-cancellation episode of the original TV series. It's great to see the classic cast interacting -- and there's a revelation about Dr. McCoy that explains the spacegoing physician's grouchy House-like attitude -- but the rest is mediocre. In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier's defense, the previous three Star Trek movies were a tough act to follow.
The journey to this "Final Frontier" resolves in unsatisfactory fashion, with lots of ray-gun blasts but few answers. In fact, it's easy (and, unfortunately, makes the most sense) to interpret the movie as a photon torpedo-salvo against religion.
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