Parents' Guide to

Star Trek

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Classic franchise gets new life; OK for older kids.

Movie PG-13 2009 126 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 82 parent reviews

age 11+

Star Trek 2009

I think that this movie is pretty good. Compared to the second and third one though, It is not as exciting . It's really stressful because there is lots of alarms and yelling. There is a little bit of sexy stuff, but not a lot. The story is pretty confusing. In conclusion, I think this is not as good as 2 and 3 but its ok.
age 13+

Good film for adults

It’s a fun film for an older crowd. This isn’t good for young viewers, within the first 20 minutes there was swearing (ass and bastard) a joke about having sex with animals, a kid calling spok’s mom a whore, multiple people getting drunk and a sex scene. Kirk starts off as a cocky delinquent stealing his step dads car, running from police and intentionally destroying it. He grows into a heavy drinking womanizer. So while it has entertainment value for adults, I highly recommend holding off on watching it with the kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (82 ):
Kids say (127 ):

Rocketing at warp speed without ever slowing down, J.J. Abrams directs this reboot as a smart, speedy thrill ride that doesn't indulge in nostalgia for its own sake. Star Trek welcomes newcomers while still delivering every moment fans might want from of the crew of the Enterprise. Quinto and Pine are both excellent in their own right and also have a real chemistry between them, while Zoe Saldana turns the thankless role of communications expert Uhura into a vital part of the story.

The film isn't perfect -- there are a few minor missteps -- but at the same time, it's also lovingly made, speedily paced, and completely aware of its job: to entertain audiences without leaning too heavily on speeches or sadness, opting instead to deliver action, adventure, and (perhaps a little too much) comedy. Still, in an era when too many summer blockbusters think they can get away with being dumb by claiming to be "fun," it's a pleasure to see a movie as well-made, clever, and charming as this actually seem to want to earn our money by putting on a real show.

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