It is a sign of a great movie that I love it despite the massive hippie-ness that infests the plot.

Star Trek IV is a great movie. If they needed to go back in time to fight Gorn Marines to save San Fransisco hippies to insure the future… it really wouldn’t change the fact that what makes the movie awesome isn’t the whales/macguffins, but the characterization, the dialogue (and the score).