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"KNIGHT AND DAY"
(2010) (Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate Mild Extreme Moderate Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Extreme Mild Heavy None Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate None Mild Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action-Comedy: A highly skilled FBI operative, who may or may not have gone rogue, tries to keep his unwilling accomplice out of harm's way while hoping to prevent a lucrative, high-tech invention from falling into the wrong hands.
PLOT:
June Havens (CAMERON DIAZ) is on her way home to Boston for her sister's wedding when she runs into Roy Miller (TOM CRUISE) in the airport. He seems like a nice enough guy, but while she's in the lavatory during their flight, he fends off and kills the small number of passengers and entire flight crew that attack him. After he successfully lands the airliner out in a field, he warns her that others will come looking for her, state he's a rogue federal agent, and that her life is in danger.

She next wakes up at home, thinking it was all a bad dream until her ex-boyfriend and current Boston firefighter, Rodney (MARC BLUCAS), checks on her after hearing about the emergency landing. Roy then shows up again and the two go on the run -- he leading the way, she being the unwilling accomplice -- as he tries to protect Simon Feck (PAUL DANO) and his perpetual energy battery invention from falling into the wrong hands. The latter belong to Antonio (JORDI MOLLA), an international arms dealer, but also Roy's former FBI partner, Fitzgerald (PETER SARSGAARD), who tells their boss, Director Isabelle George (VIOLA DAVIS), that it's really Roy who's become the rogue agent.

As they flee and move from one country to another, Roy tries to protect June and assure her he's the only one who can protect her, all while she tries to keep from freaking out while figuring out if he's telling the truth or not.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're fans of anyone in the cast and/or action-comedies, but that most likely will be older teens.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sequences of action violence throughout, and brief strong language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • TOM CRUISE plays an FBI operative who may or may not have gone rogue in dealing with a young inventor and the lucrative perpetual energy device he's created. Nearly always one step ahead of and/or able to contend with those who want their hands on that, he's quite skilled at what he does, which includes killing many people. He also tries to protect June from harm, although his actions clearly put her in that line. He kisses her some, drinks a little, and is quite the charmer.
  • CAMERON DIAZ plays a woman who restores old cars and is on her way home when her life is upended upon meeting and then surviving a plane emergency with Roy. Unsettled and scared by what's transpiring around her, she's also not quite the sharpest tool in the shed as she ends up falling for him without knowing if he's telling the truth or is just a paranoid killer. She uses profanity (one instance briefly strong), drinks some, and admits she'd like to have sex with him (all while under the influence of truth serum).
  • PETER SARSGAARD plays an FBI agent who claims Roy has gone rogue and is trying to find and stop him, although he himself might be the rogue agent. He kills someone and briefly uses profanity.
  • JORDI MOLLA plays an international arms dealer who wants to get his hands on Simon's perpetual energy device and will do whatever it takes to accomplish that.
  • VIOLA DAVIS plays Roy and Fitzgerald's FBI boss who initially sides with the latter about Roy being the rogue agent. She briefly uses profanity.
  • PAUL DANO plays a brilliant inventor who's created a perpetual energy device that's drawn the attention of both the good and bad guys. He spends most of the film scared about what's occurring. He briefly uses profanity.
  • MARC BLUCAS plays June's ex-boyfriend, a Boston firefighter who's concerned about her.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this action-comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Brief sexually related dialogue is present, a woman adjusts her clothed breasts before seeing a man, and is later seen in a small bikini, while the man is seen shirtless (and it's implied they saw each nude while changing their clothes while the other was drugged unconscious). There's also some brief kissing.

    Violence consists of people being wounded or killed by various means (mostly gunfire, but also explosions, a knife, etc.), while hard fighting also occurs. A little bit of has some bloody results, and the violence and various moments of peril (including plane related) might be unsettling and/or suspenseful to some viewers, but most of that's played fairly lightly and without a sense of realism.

    Bad attitudes are present, and drinking occurs in several scenes, while people are drugged with an unknown substance to make it easier to get them out of harm's way.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's some of that from flashing police lights.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's camera movement in the film, including some bouncy shots (such as inside a plane hitting turbulence).


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Isabelle tells Fitzgerald that something needed a margarita and not capping (presumably meant as shooting) several people.
  • June has a drink on a plane.
  • Roy holds drinks for him and June on the airplane, and both drink. June then passionately kisses Roy on the plane, but then says that was from the tequila and altitude.
  • After a rough landing, Roy gives June a mini bottle of booze to take the edge off, and she downs that. She then realizes too late that he's drugged her (to knock her out) and we see her blurred point of view.
  • Roy drugs June before they're captured, and we then see her blurred POV in various modes of transportation.
  • Roy drugs June again (to get her out of danger).
  • We see liquor bottles on a bar wall on a train, and a guy orders a Harvey Wallbanger. June later says she wants him to order her one as well, and that she'll be right back, but does so in an attempt to get away from him.
  • We see champagne in a bucket in June's room. Later, she holds a glass, while Roy comes in and pours himself one as well.
  • Roy and a woman have wine.
  • People have champagne at a wedding reception.
  • There's some blurry POV footage after June drugs Roy to remove him from a hospital.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see Roy's slight bloody side as he's shirtless.
  • Rodney has some blood on his pants leg and his hand after Roy shoots him in the leg.
  • A man pulls a large kitchen knife from his chest and the blade is bloody.
  • As a man prepares to shoot another man, Roy tries to run and protect him. We hear the shot, but don't see the impact (although we later see that Roy took the bullet -- with a little blood on his clothing).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • All of those after Simon's device and willing to kill for it obviously have bad attitudes.
  • June says her sister is getting married tomorrow (to try to get on a flight), but later admits to Roy that was a lie.
  • Roy steal a car using a high-tech remote device.
  • We hear that Antonio is an arms dealer who's after Simon's device.
  • A man shoots his FBI partner in a car while driving and thus is positively identified as a bad guy (after trying to frame someone else as that).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may be unsettling, suspenseful or scary to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • There's some turbulence on Roy and June's plane, and one bit of that causes an overhead compartment to pop open, sending luggage toward June. But Roy catches that just in time.
  • After he's shot and killed everyone on an airplane (who were trying to kill him), Roy must land an airliner. The plane descends quickly and he opts to land on a highway, and barely avoids hitting a truck. The plane then rips through a field until it finally comes to a stop.
  • Roy gives June advice about what to watch for in what the FBI will tell her, including that some comments mean they're going to kill her.
  • June purposefully makes a call about having the battery. She's then surrounded by cars, has a bag placed over her head, and we next see her tied to a chair where she's injected with truth serum. Antonio then holds a gun to her head to make her talk, but she's giddy from the serum.
  • Roy drives a motorcycle, with June seated behind him, through a town. They zip up a few steps and go airborne, while they barely zip through an opening of two trains approaching from opposite sides. They then see people running their way, away from stampeding bulls, and thus turn around. Others fire at them, while the bulls smash into and overturn Antonio's car (with him in it).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Machine guns/Missiles/Explosives/Knives: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • We see Roy playing an arcade style video game with a gun-like shooting device and a crossbow seen on the screen. He then looks at various small action figures holding various medieval weapons.
  • June shows up at a stranger's house, sees guns on the wall, and the old man there then holds a rifle on her.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "You will f*cking die," "Clean this sh*t up," "Oh sh*t," "Are you insane?" "That freaks me out," "Jeez," "That's a bitch," "Where the hell is Simon?" "It's freaking me out," "You have got quite some balls," "What in the hell are you talking about?" "Shut up," "This way blondie" and "Shut it."
  • The fighting, action and other stunts might be enticing for kids to try to imitate.
  • Several scenes feature characters drugging others into unconsciousness (in order to get them out of harm's way), with jokey implications of Roy changing June into a bikini in that state, and her later changing him into a pair of shorts in the same.
  • June swerves while driving to stop the traffic behind her and thus elude the car following her.
  • June straddles Roy facing him as he drives a motorcycle (both clothed, and she does so to shoot at those pursuing them).
  • Roy jumps off a bridge down to pallets or other such wood, crashing through that, and then swings over on a boom pole toward Fitzgerald who then holds a gun on him.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • Roy suddenly lands on the hood of a vehicle driven by June (from the back seat, during an action sequence).
  • Doors suddenly burst open by armed agents, while others crash through the windows.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of action-oriented and some suspenseful music occurs in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word, 7 "s" words, 2 hells, 9 uses of "Oh my God," 2 of "Christ" and 1 use each of "God" and "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • June adjusts her clothed breasts in an airplane's restroom while prepping herself to go back out and see Roy. She then passionately kisses Roy on the plane, but then says that was from the tequila and altitude.
  • We see Roy's slight bloody side as he's shirtless.
  • We see Roy hanging upside down, shirtless and slowly swinging back and forth, but he manages to free himself.
  • After being drugged and taken to a remote location by Roy (for her protection), June wakes up in a tiny bikini, and wonders how she got into that. Roy, who's shirtless from spear fishing, states that he's a pro at doing spy stuff without having to look and thus could get her in and out of clothes without looking. She then gets miffed and leaves.
  • June repeatedly tries to hit Roy, but he avoids that and finally grabs her from behind. He then shows her how to break that hold, and ends up on top of her on the beach. They nearly kiss, but are then interrupted.
  • While still affected by truth serum, June tells Roy that he excites her, that she feels like sex, and that they could have really good sex.
  • Roy shoots one guy, while many shots are fired at him as he walks over to passionately kiss June.
  • June straddles Roy facing him as he drives a motorcycle (both clothed, and she does so to shoot at those pursuing them).
  • Roy realizes June put him into shorts while he was unconscious. Doing a riff on a reversed scene from earlier, she says she can do car stuff without looking, and thus could do the same with putting him in shorts, but then says that's not what she said she did.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • June mentions that her dad died in 1998, and she was going to give her sister his old car as her wedding gift. She's later miffed that her sister wants them to sell that car.
  • SPOILER ALERT: June unintentionally meets Roy's mom who thinks he died in Kuwait and thus doesn't know he's really a government spy.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The world of secret spies and operatives.
  • The comment that sometimes things happen for a reason.
  • The comment that "someday" is code for "never."
  • The quest for perpetual energy and what people will do for that.
  • SPOILER ALERT: June unintentionally meets Roy's mom who thinks he died in Kuwait and thus doesn't know he's really a government spy.
  • VIOLENCE
  • While June is in an airplane's restroom, Roy must fight off various people (a small number, but everyone onboard the plane) who want him dead. During this, he hits one and bends the man's wrist, pushing the pen in his hand to his neck. He hits and kicks others, and pins one man's head under a seat's armrest. A dart intended for him goes into a flight attendant instead, but she head butts and fights him. He also avoids a knife thrown at him, and then throws it back into that person. One of the pilots holds a handgun on him, but then they fight, with Roy strangling him with an oxygen mask cord. Another man shoots at Roy (and we later see that nicked his side), but he shoots that man and then another (meaning all of the pilots are dead). While the fighting is intense, the soundtrack music is light and adventurous.
  • After landing an airliner out in a field, Roy and June are out of the plane that then explodes.
  • After the feds drive off with June, someone starts shooting at their vehicle, and various people are hit, necessitating that June drive from the backseat. During this, one car crashes, while a motorcycle goes airborne but empty, with Roy suddenly landing on the vehicle's hood. As he yells for her to open the door so he can get in (as she swerves through traffic with close calls, etc.), he shoots other vehicles, including an SUV that explodes and flips. He then ends up falling off that vehicle and onto a family's, but then gets back onto the first roof. Others shoot machine guns at him, while he fires his handgun back. During this, June has opened the door, but it's ripped off from contact, while a truck crashes and then flips over and barely misses Roy on the roof of the car. He then shoots more people, while more gunfire hits their vehicle. He then shoots more people with a machine gun.
  • To get her (and himself) out of a diner and away from Rodney, Roy cuffs her, fires a shot by him, kicks a waiter down when he thinks that person is trying to attack him (he isn't), and then shoots Rodney in the leg outside of the place (we see a little blood there and on Rodney's hand, but tells him he aimed for just a flesh wound and no serious damage).
  • Roy eludes a police car that's suddenly struck by another vehicle in an intersection.
  • As June plays with a handgun Roy has given her to hold while he looks for Simon, many commandos come in without her noticing. Roy then grabs her and they collectively shoot various people with that one gun, while Roy also throws a hand grenade into a cargo container to destroy info those men are looking for (we see the explosion). Various people then shoot at June as she runs into the open before she's supposed to, while Roy shoots a man with a machine gun. After having her hold that, Roy must avoid bullets as she accidentally fires the gun all over the place and all around him.
  • Upset with him, June tries to hit Roy, but he blocks that.
  • June repeatedly tries to hit Roy, but he avoids that and finally grabs her from behind. He then shows her how to break that hold, and ends up on top of her on the beach. They nearly kiss, but are then interrupted.
  • One or more planes strafe Roy's island, firing explosives at him and June as they run for cover (and eventually dive into water for safety). They then race up to his small chopper to fly off, but once he drugs her, the scene ends.
  • June realizes a stranger is not Simon and thus tries to elude him on a train. She finally ends up in the last car that holds the kitchen. The stranger then stabs the chef or related man in the back (we don't see the impact, but do see the knife sticking out) and then comes after June. He grabs and he pushes her head down toward hot oil, but she hits, fights and gets away from him.
  • Roy and Simon then enter the car, but the man throws Roy around repeatedly, quite hard. June then tries to hit the man, but he grabs her. She then uses the move Roy showed her about how to break out of that, but somehow manages to cause a large kitchen knife to impale him in the chest. He then pulls that out (it's bloody) and comes at her, but Roy kicks him twice. The second kick blasts him back through the window out of which he partially hangs by a string of sausages. As he tries to pull himself back in, a passing train clips him and he's gone.
  • Doors suddenly burst open by armed agents, while others crash through the windows.
  • Roy runs across various rooftops, and jumps across alleys from one roof to another, while various men chase after him. He then shoots at them, they shoot back, he falls into a body of water, and everyone think he's dead.
  • A man shoots his FBI partner in a car while driving.
  • Two of Antonio's thugs are yanked up by a whip around their necks. Roy then grabs the third guy, bends him arm, pins him to a wall, disarms him of his knife, and then bashes his head to the wall, knocking him out.
  • Roy shoots one guy, while many shots are fired at him as he walks over to passionately kiss June.
  • Roy drives a motorcycle, with June seated behind him, through a town. They zip up a few steps and go airborne, while they barely zip through an opening of two trains approaching from opposite sides. They then see people running their way, away from stampeding bulls, and thus turn around. Others fire at them, while the bulls smash into and overturn Antonio's car (with him in it).
  • June straddles Roy facing him as he drives a motorcycle (both clothed). She shoots at a pursuing car, while they avoid machine gun fire at them. She finally hits the car that then collides with a car holding Antonio's goon.
  • As a man prepares to shoot another man, Roy tries to run and protect him. We hear the shot, but don't see the impact (although we later see that Roy took the bullet -- with a little blood on his clothing).
  • A power source overheats and explodes, destroying the plane it's in during flight (killing several people).



  • Reviewed June 17, 2010 / Posted June 23, 2010

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