The crew of the Enterprise travel back in time to save the humpback whales from going extinct, a plot that sounds outlandish and yet works very well. It is vital they do this to save their own fellow man in their present time. There is a lot of humor as the Enterprise arrives in America in the mid 80s. They deal with the customs and attitudes of the time (such as a punk rocker) and they make their plans to bring back a female whale named Gracie to the twenty third century. A whale specialist (Catherine Hicks) becomes fascinated with Kirk and Spock, realizing there is something “different” about them and she manages to help them as well. Spock discovers the “colorful” language of the time (i.e. profanity) and tries it out, only to have Kirk tell him it doesn’t suit him.
This is the problem with the film in regards to it being a family movie. The language prevents us from awarding our Dove Seal to the movie.