Knight and Day

  • Review Date: June 21, 2010
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Action romance has high body count, little consequence.
  • Review Date: June 21, 2010
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 110 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's key theme seems to be that if you want to try something exciting, go ahead and try it -- without too much concern for consequences (even when death and killing is involved). And as June starts hearing different stories from different characters, she must learn to follow her heart and trust the right person.

Positive role models

Though June eventually finds her footing and her strength, she's very passive for large portions of the story. Roy shoots and kills several bad guys over the course of the movie with no consequences or remorse -- but he's clearly meant to be a good guy who has the best intentions and a positive outlook.


The movie is filled with action violence (much of it played for humor) -- including guns, hand-to-hand combat, and lots of other fighting -- but has little gore or blood. The body count is fairly high, but the impact/consequence of that fact is contrasted by the film's overall light tone. The hero is shot, and viewers see his bloody (but minor) wound. There are also drug-tipped needle darts, several explosions, car chases, motorcycle chases, and bull chases.


The two main characters are clearly attracted to each other, and there's plenty of flirting and a few major kissing scenes. In an early scene, June preps herself in the bathroom, hoping for some kind of connection with Roy when she emerges. In another scene, the couple rolls around on the beach. In a late scene, June (while under the influence of a truth drug) says, "I'd like to have sex with you. I bet we'd have great sex." Roy changes June into a bikini while she's drugged, which angers her (even though he says he didn't look).


Languag includes a few uses of "s--t," one "f--k," and terms like "hell" and "oh my God."


A Bud Light ad is visible on the side of a building for a few seconds.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

During a tense plane ride in the first section of the movie, June drinks a lot of tequila to calm her nerves; the scene is played for comic effect. Roy also takes a drink. The agents are also always slipping various drugs to each other; June gets a "knockout" drug twice and a truth serum once.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

June Havens (Cameron Diaz) leads a normal life, loves restoring classic cars, and looks forward to going to her sister's wedding. Then, at the airport, she bumps into the dashing Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) and winds up on a strange, near-empty flight with him. It turns out that he's a secret agent, and she's been mistaken for one, too. Now Roy must take June through a myriad of complex chases and escapes, each involving a powerful new battery and the young scientist (Paul Dano) who invented it. The unlikely duo must also stay two steps ahead of FBI man Fitzgerald (Peter Sarsgaard), and June must eventually decide who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Will she ever reach safety again? And, more importantly, after meeting Roy, will she ever want to?

Is it any good?


Director James Mangold found his footing with his last movie -- 2007's brisk, well-told Western 3:10 to Yuma -- and he repeats the feat here with this romantic spy tale. He gives the material a cheerful, playful quality and focuses on the story's humor and romance, with the action and violence tucked into the background. The movie's high body count ultimately doesn't really hit very hard; there's a distinct lack of blood or gore, and very few consequences to the action (which makes for a fun movie, if a somewhat iffy takeaway for younger audiences).

By focusing specifically on June's point of view and deliberately missing some of the big action moments as she hides out or sleeps, Mangold and writer Patrick O'Neill give the movie an interesting perspective -- it's a choice that celebrates imagination over spectacle. And Cruise and Diaz both seem refreshed here -- both are at their charming best.

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 details

Theatrical release date:June 25, 2010
DVD release date:November 30, 2010
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Tom Cruise
Director:James Mangold
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Run time:110 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sequences of action violence throughout, and brief strong language

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Parent Written byJessie379 December 13, 2010

Fun, entertaining, but more mature than I would like for my kids

I watched this movie with my children, ages 16 years, 13 years, and 10 months. Not something I would usually watch with my kids, but the pickings are slim these days. I did not like the scene on the train where the guys pulled the bloody knife very slowly from his torso. I think the movie would have been just as good without the F-word, and the lines about sex. It was a fun, entertaining movie, just a little more mature than I had hoped, since I was watching it with my kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byAio July 8, 2010

Fun movie for summer

ok for 12 and older though my 10y.o. watched it with no problem, i think it's fun for a summer movie trip, it's an easy, light, good summer flick, there are some fighting scenes but it's not violent movie.
Parent of a 9 and 12 year old Written byMoviesinNewport June 24, 2010

perfect for older kids

It is corny. Some scenes are unblievable. They push the envelope on what is real and not real. A little comedy and alot of chemistry between Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.


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