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
Hailing from Iceland, actor Magnús Scheving overcame the challenge of speaking English with a Russian accent for his performance as a villain. But at times he found it difficult to communicate with Jackie Chan, who speaks mostly Chinese. Scheving said with a laugh: "There was one fight scene with Jackie where I didn't really understand if I should go closer or backwards, and I got hit right in the face!". See more »
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 »
Mom! Jethro's eating my underwear!
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Outtakes from the film play during the end credits. See more »
Jackie Chan's The Spy Next Door was a nice harmless diversion
All right, I'll admit right off the bat that I didn't expect a high quality movie when I picked this one and I didn't. What I did get was a harmless 90 minutes with Jackie Chan doing what he does best, which was executing his creatively funny stunts to entertaining effect. There's also a filler story of him being a retiring spy who falls for a divorced woman with three kids who, for the most part, don't think much of him since they mainly think of him as a loser. Oh, and some bad stereotypical Russian accents for the male and female villains too. Still, like I said, Chan provides the main reason one would watch and enjoy this movie and it's nice to occasionally see the supporting cast also get in on the action. Besides, any movie where Chan sings a lullaby to the youngest daughter in Chinese and a former resident of my current hometown of Baton Rouge (Johnny Rivers) is heard singing "Secret Agent Man" during the beginning can't be too bad...
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