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Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids, who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau.

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Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids (who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau). When one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family. Written by Anonymous

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Spying is easy, babysitting is hard. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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15 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Mi vecino es un espía  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£698,155 (UK) (19 March 2010)

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£2,584,033 (UK) (16 April 2010)
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Towards the beginning of the film, the aerial view of the mall they are in is actually an aerial view of the Potowatomi Bingo and Casino in Milwaukee, WI. See more »

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In the very beginning of the movie, Gillian tells Farren to put on jeans, and dresses Nora in pink. While getting in the minivan, Farren is wearing a skirt and Nora is wearing white. See more »

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[first lines]
Nora: Mom! Jethro's eating my underwear!
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Features Rush Hour 2 (2001) See more »

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Ba Ma De Hua
Written by Fai Chen and Xi Lin
Performed by Jackie Chan
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Did I enjoy this, much more than I should Have? Perhaps so, but it's a great diversion.
19 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

|Credit. IMDb| Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids, who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau. And when one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family

Yes, I'm fully aware The Spy Next Door borrows from several movies, but that didn't make it any less entertaining. Spy Next Door benefits heavily from It's knowing sense of humor, and a nice bit of action sequences throughout the movie. I was almost always entertained by what was going on. I honestly didn't expect much coming out of this one, but I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value it had. It is evident Jackie is capable of picking better scripts, but I was entertained, and that's all I care about.

Performances. Jackie Chan is charismatic and funny as he usually is. His serious, straight act benefits the movie well. And as always, he delivers in the Action. Amber Valletta is nothing more than an afterthought, and was merely average in her role as the clueless Mother. Madeline Carroll and Will Shaley are OK, but somewhat annoying as the kids. More tolerable then most though. Magnús Scheving is boring as the villain, plain and simple. Billy Ray Cyrus doesn't embarrass himself or impress in his role. George Lopez does though, and he looked silly.

Bottom line. It's very entertaining, and that's all I can really tell you. Nothing out of the ordinary, nothing original. But very entertaining stuff. Give it a whirl on a rainy night.

7/10


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