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MPAA Rated PG for violence and language

Sex & Nudity

  • None, however it is stated that David Marcus is Kirk's illegitimate son.

Violence & Gore

  • 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. 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.
  • 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. Another individual is shown with lesions oozing green blood while dying from radiation poisoning.
  • 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).


  • 7 uses of "God" or "Lord"; 8 instances of "damn"; 6 of "hell".
  • The phrase "son of a bitch" 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 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, and another disintegrates himself with his own weapon which may upset younger viewers.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

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

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