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Spoiler alert: Knight and Day

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
   (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

After watching Knight and Day again I'm wondering if anyone else agrees Tom Cruise is terrific as the ex-Eagle Scout super spy but was it Mangold or one too many writers who botched Cameron Diaz's character? I'm guessing she was originally written (by actor, now hyphenate, Patrick O'Neill) as an over-achiever like Cruise -- a smart, succesful type-A civilian who spends too much time in the gym -- and not as the quirky idiot Diaz played for most of the film. But the script was fiddled with by nine writers over the long course of development, as they say, and it feels that way. I'll also never be a fan of James Mangold's penchant for turning villains into goofballs. What I judge a sad miss is salvaged by a surprisingly nuanced and very funny performance from Cruise. In other words, Team Cruise. Making good films is such strange alchemy. It's got a 6.7 on IMDb. Lifted only by Tom's platforms.