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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Cold War-influenced exit of classic space crew.

Movie PG 1991 116 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Great story; Should’ve been PG-13.

As violent as Wrath of Khan, with some PG swears. Great story.
age 5+

Good movie, don't be so wimpy

This movie reflects the attitudes that were very strong during the close of the cold war. The gore that everyone speaks of is purple and ridiculous to be shocked by. The reference to smoking;so what, he didn't do it regularly and its a scene that takes 5 seconds at most. The space battles, again, so what. I watched Star Wars at 5 yrs old, and it did NOT scar me for life. People need to quit shielding children to the point where the REAL world will eat them alive; you are not doing them any favors. Otherwise there were some amusing parts, some suspenseful, alot of action, and most notably the requirement to think. The end is a little corny,we are talking Star Trek, but all in all , its a good movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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

The original cast, spectacular space-battle scenes, and overall good feeling make it easier to ignore the fact that the mystery plot is a klunky affair, filled with question marks. For example, shouldn't there be better security at the most important peace conference in Federation history? If Klingons had a shape-shifting alien spy, wouldn't she have been put to better use? However, the veteran cast of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country appears to be having a fine time going through their paces -- they literally all sign their autographs over the end credits. And fans of Sulu (George Takei) will enjoy how he is now a captain with his own starship.

The U.S.-U.S.S.R. parallel spoke at the time to fears that warriors in America and Russia had lived too long in ceaseless conflict to put down their weapons and face a changed world, and Kirk's ability to surmount his own anti-Klingonism is nicely rendered. Interesting to note that in Roddenberry's original TV show, Starfleet was (like the U.S. armed forces in golden-age Hollywood depictions) an upstanding military that could do no wrong. That sure changed by the time this was made.

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