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Knight and Day [2010] [PG-13] - 4.7.5



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Tom Cruise stars as a secret agent, who suddenly realizes that he wasn't supposed to survive his last mission. After a woman (Cameron Diaz) encounters him on a plane, she finds her life tangled up with his, as they try to survive various assassination attempts. Also with Peter Sarsgaard and Viola Davis. Directed by James Mangold. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss passionately on multiple occasions.
 A woman tells a man that she is interested in having sex with him, and that she thinks that it would be great, and the man smiles and brushes the comment off. A woman wakes up and finds herself dressed in a bikini; she angrily asks a man how she got into the bikini and he explains he had undressed her while she was sleeping; in a similar situation a man awakens and finds himself dressed in shorts and a woman explains that she undressed him while he was sleeping.
 A man's bare chest is visible on multiple occasions, including on a beach and after he takes off his shirt and exposes a small bloody cut. We see a blurry outline of a man's bare chest as he hangs upside down. A woman appears to push up her cleavage under her shirt. A woman lies in a bathtub (her legs are seen.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man stabs another man in the back (we see the knife sticking out of the man's back and a small pool of blood around the wound) and lunges at a woman, holding her head over a boiling deep fryer, as she struggles to escape; the attacker and a third man fight, the woman punches him in the head and the other man stabs him in the chest, whereupon the man pulls out the bloody knife, falls to the ground and is kicked out of a window (his nose has blood pouring from it, he hangs from the windowsill for a moment, and a train goes past, ripping him from the window and presumably killing him.
 A man is attacked by another man on an airplane: the man punches the attacker, who falls to the ground, he fights with multiple other men, including a man who lunges at him with a knife, and he kills the men by snapping their necks; a woman attacks the man, the man shoves the woman in front of another man firing a gun, she is shot and killed, and he then shoots the shooter, who shoots yet another man accidentally (no blood is visible during this entire exchange).
 A shot is heard, a man is seen with what appears to be the dead body of a teenage boy, a woman presses a bloody gauze on a wound on the man's chest, and he is rushed to a hospital (we find out that the boy has merely fainted and the man was shot and we see blood on his chest; he's OK later).
 A man shoots multiple men at close range, including using a large machine gun to shoot two men while a woman watches (no blood is visible); he also uses the gun the woman is holding to shoot multiple men rappelling from the ceiling (they fall to the ground but no blood is visible). A man shoots a man in the chest as a teenage boy watches (no blood is visible).
 In the middle of a crowded restaurant, a man handcuffs himself to a woman and has her in a chokehold, he fires a few shots into the air, kicks a man, rushes with the woman out of the door, shoots a man in the leg as he leaves, shoves the woman into a car, and confirms that the man he shot will be OK (we see the bullet hole and a small amount of blood on the man's leg and we later see that he is OK).
 Soldiers break through the door and windows of a hotel room, surrounding a man and a woman: the man runs, followed by the soldiers as he runs across rooftops, jumping from building to building, shoots three men who fall to the ground, jumps into a river, and does not surface and a woman tells another woman that the man died (we later find out he is unharmed).
 As two cars drive on a highway, shots are fired at the occupants: the driver of one car is shot and killed and the car swerves into a one-way tunnel going the wrong way, three passengers in the car are shot, and one passenger struggles to control the car as another man ramps a motorcycle over the car and slams down onto the windshield; he starts firing at the car behind them, until it crashes into another car and rolls over and above the car he is on.
 A group of men holding guns guide a woman through a garden, one by one the men are seen falling to the ground (presumably shot) and one of the men is shoved against a wall and knocked unconscious.
 A man and a woman on a motorcycle are being chased by four cars, and race through a crowded city, narrowly avoiding hitting people on foot: they are shot at, they nearly run into running bulls, they open fire on the cars behind them, causing two of the cars to crash into one another and then through a narrow opening between two train cars (presumably killing the occupants), and the last car is rushed by a group of running bulls, presumably killing the four occupants.
 A man on a helicopter holds a small battery that catches fire in his hand and moments later the helicopter is seen in a fireball.
 A woman runs into open gunfire but is not shot. A woman, unable to control a machine gun, shoots toward a man (he is not shot). A man and a woman run to avoid being hit by explosive missiles being fired from a plane onto a beach.
 A man crash-lands a plane in a cornfield, causing the nose of the airplane to snap off; during the landing a dead man flops onto the pilot's lap, he pushes the corpse off, and along with a woman they leave the plane, which bursts into flames. A woman screams as multiple dead bodies fall down around her (no blood is seen).
 A woman runs in front of fast-moving traffic, causing cars to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting her. A woman driving a car swerves through traffic, and a tow truck crashes into a van resulting in a large pile-up of wrecked cars. A man drives recklessly through a parking garage, causing his female passenger to fall into his lap. When a plane hits turbulence, a suitcase almost falls on top of a woman but is caught by a man.
 A man shouts at a woman, holds a gun to her head and tells her he will kill her; the woman is unfazed and the man walks away. A woman shouts at a man. A man shouts at a woman. A man shouts at a woman after pointing a rifle at her; he lowers the rifle moments later.
 Men and women discuss how a man had "capped" dozens of people. A man tells a woman that another man had killed multiple people and intended on killing a teenage boy. On multiple occasions a man tells a woman that she is in danger of being killed by a group of people. A woman tells another woman that a young man had died in a helicopter crash. A man plays an arcade game using a gun and the screen displays "You are dead" after the man shoots a character.
 On multiple occasions a woman bumps into a man. A woman attempts to punch and kick a man, the man deflects her attack, pins her against his chest, she escapes, and pulls the man down and they roll across a beach, laughing. A man is seen with a cut on his face.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 6 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, out of control, a nobody), 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man gives an unwitting woman drugs that make her pass out on two occasions and a woman gives an unwitting man a drug that makes him pass out. Men and women drink alcohol on multiple occasions.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Secret agents, marriage, airplane crashes, terrorist activity, illegal weapons dealers, double-crossing, collector cars, hostages, weapons of mass destruction, self-perpetuating power, enemy of the state, the running of the bulls in Seville, Spain.

MESSAGE - Be cautious trusting people with evident hidden agendas.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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