Knight and Day

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Maggie Grace, Marc Blucas. Action Comedy. Written by Patrick OíNeill and James Mangold. Directed by James Mangold.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this action comedy, in which a chance encounter thrusts a woman and a charming but lethal operative into a series of adventures across the globe.†† As if dodging assassins and uncovering world-changing secrets werenít enough, she must now figure out if he is a good guy, a traitor Ė or just plain crazy.

PREVIEW REVIEW: At times the humor seemed forced and the violence excessive, but the leads have a great chemistry and are fun to look at, especially Ms. Diaz (hey, just a fact).

Main problem for me is the amount of cursing. Mainly the s-word, with one f-word (from the female lead, no less) and at least one misuse of Christís name (again, from Ms. Diaz). I know, I bring up the objectionable language all the time, but why is it that no actor can get through an entire movie without cursing? Whatís that all about?

DVD Alternative: The In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. ďSerpentine, Sheldon, serpentine.Ē Itís been a while since Iíve seen this suggested video from 1979. It may have some language. I simply canít remember. But the film is very funny. I bring up this wacky comedy because Falkís character supposedly works for the CIA and manages to get Arkinís put upon father of the bride into several screwball situations. It is rated PG, but as I warned, it may have a couple of objectionable words. Normally I wouldnít recommend something I havenít seen for a while, but I remember the humor being more organic, not so forced. Pass on itís remake with Michael Douglas, which does contain objectionable material.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

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Crude Language: A couple of suggestive sexual remarks

Obscene Language: Around eight obscenities, mostly the s-word and mostly coming from female characters. In our PC times itís not supposed to make any difference if a woman swears, but itís hard to consider them classy once they do. Iím from the old school. I donít like men swearing, but it seems even worse when women do it. Maybe because the nature of the female is to be a nurturer and thereís nothing nurturing about the f-word.

Profanity: One, maybe two profane uses of Christís name. Again, from the lead female.

Violence: Though itís cartoonish, like a comic James Bond film, the violence is excessive in parts, with beatings, shootings, car crashes and things that go boom.

Sex: Some suggestive sexual remarks.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some social drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and up

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