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MPAA Rated PG for violence and language

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Another individual is shown with lesions oozing green blood while dying from radiation poisoning.
  • There's a brief fight between two characters.
  • In a scene set in the Enterprise's sickbay, a number of characters die, including one shown to be horribly charred and bloodied, who speaks for a brief moment with Kirk before dying.
  • One character is terribly burned near the film's ending by an explosion.
  • There are a number of scenes of space combat between the Enterprise and the Reliant. During interior "explosion" scenes, crewmen of both ships can be seen to be killed in the blasts.
  • Bloody corpses are hung from rafters on Regula One by Khan's men.
  • Two characters are disintegrated by phaser fire; no gore is shown. One of these is a suicide, although in context it is a heroic self-sacrifice.
  • Depending on the cut of the film, the exit of a creature called a Ceti eel from someone's ear can be bloody (some cuts have an extreme closeup of the ear, with blood oozing out along with the eel).


  • "Son of a b*tch" is also heard once.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Two characters consume a fictional illegal beverage; in real life, it would clearly be akin to hard liquor of some type, such as rum or whisky.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man disintegrates himself with his own weapon which may upset some viewers.
  • The space battles are somewhat tense and frightening.
  • The main cast lives are in danger during much of the film as they are being hunted by another crew.
  • A worm-like and scary-looking Ceti eel is forcibly introduced into the ears of two characters; it is shown crawling into one man's, and both men are then shown screaming loudly in pain and/or terror.
  • A character runs into a bloody corpse hanging from the ceiling.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film's iconic climax in which Spock dies could upset many viewers.

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