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Knight and Day

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, comedy


Big screen superstars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz come together in this fun, action-packed thrill-ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    53%
  • Audience Score
    49%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5

Action romance has high body count, little consequence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although Knight and Day is a globetrotting action thriller, it has strong comic/romantic undertones and a cheerful, playful tone that makes the violence seem almost inconsequential. And despite the body count, there's very little blood or gore. Expect plenty of flirting between stars Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise and a little kissing, with some brief talk about sex. There's also some drinking (including one scene in which Diaz's character gets drunk on tequila), and various "spy" drugs are introduced throughout the movie. Neither of the main characters are depicted as strongly positive role models for teens, but that's not what the movie is about, either -- ultimately, it's meant to be a fun adventure for adults and older kids.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What impact does it have? How does it compare to violence in movies with a more serious tone?
  • Is June a strong female role model? At what point does she begin to take action on her own?
  • What role does trust play in the story? How does trust affect June and Roy's relationship?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    53%
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  • Audience

    49%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Tom Cruise goes on another spy mission, and this time around, there is nothing impossible about it. KNIGHT & DAY is like GET SMART, except with Cruise instead of Carrell, and Diaz instead of Hathaway. Though flawed, it is hard not to enjoy. Okay, so there's a fairly good combination of genres here, to start with. It's basically a cross between an action movie and a buddy comedy, with a hint of romance. The film starts when Roy Miller (Cruise), a spy, and June Havens (Diaz) bump into each other at a Kansas airport, more than once. June is intending to take a restored car to her sister as a birthday present, but even though she has flight reservations, she is informed that her flight is overbooked. (Sounding unusual already?) Seeing that she has bumped into Roy again, a Federal agent assumes that she is with Roy and puts her back on the list, leaving them on the same plane. Then, all hell breaks loose on the plane, which has only a few other people aboard. The acting was a considerable issue with KNIGHT & DAY. Both Will Smith and Gerard Butler were considered for the role that eventually fell into the hands of Tom Cruise, and with the silly performance he gives, either one of them would have worked much better. Also, Diaz was a good choice, but the way she laughs at everything and takes very little seriously for at least half of the film; it makes her character, a) seem like she is using drugs, and b) tip the balance that was made on what defines a screen couple. The action is a whole other thing. It seems nonstop, fun, and just short of ridiculous; and for an uncommon case in spy film history, it fits the plot line well. So I really shouldn't say that this film should have stayed in "development hell" (believe it or not, it was in there for quite a while!); it just wasn't the best.

- spielberg00, Friday, October 21, 2011