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The Spy Next Door (2010)

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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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Part spy, part babysitter, all hero. 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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,877,043 (USA) (15 January 2010)

Gross:

$24,268,828 (USA) (26 February 2010)
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While the film is clearly aimed at a family audience, the film still delivers on the action and stunts that fans expect from a Jackie Chan film. In this case, Chan concentrated on turning suburban settings into places with extraordinary potential. Chan explained: "We are doing 'normal' things in this movie in a typical Jackie Chan style. I like to use the basic things around me for the stunts. The refrigerator, microwave, ashtray. We also wanted to make sure children can see it. I wanted this to be a PG movie." See more »

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When Bob makes breakfast the first day, the ladle changes back and forth from an all-black ladle (with the handle laying over the lip of the pot) to one with a red handle sticking straight up out of the oatmeal. See more »

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[first lines]
Nora: Mom! Jethro's eating my underwear!
[pronounced 'unduweahw']
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Ba Ma De Hua
Written by Fai Chen and Xi Lin
Performed by Jackie Chan
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I spy a cute, cute family film.....the latest Jackie Chan movie!
20 January 2010 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Bob Ho (Jackie Chan), a very successful CIA spy, is retiring from the business. Although he likes his co-workers, including Colton (Billy Ray Cyrus) and his boss (George Lopez), he want a "normal" life. Cornering a Russian gangster will be his final "hurrah". In truth, Bob has fallen in love with a beautiful divorcée, Gillian (Amber Valletta) and wants to marry her. Trouble is, she has three cantankerous kids, Fallan (Madeleine Carroll), Ian and Nora. Whenever he arrives at their house, they find ways to humiliate him. So, when Gillian has to leave town to attend to a sick father, Bob sees an opportunity for him to "get closer" to the children. He'll babysit for them! After all, as Bob says, he has brought down dictators so he can certainly deal with three kids. Ha! Things go wrong almost immediately. Bob can't cook breakfasts the kids will eat, he has trouble stopping squabbles and he finds bedtime rules are difficult to enforce. Most seriously, Ian downloaded a secret file from Bob's computer and now the Russian badguys are after them! Can Bob manage to dodge bullets as he carpools the kiddies to school? This is a cute family film that should please almost everyone. It has a fine story, a zippy direction, a lot of action, and a nice cast. Chan is, as always, a wonderfully comic performer whose smile can light up the world. His inventive martial arts movements are mirthful, too. The rest of the cast, including Carroll, Cyrus, Lopez, and the others, are great, too. As for the settings, costumes, and production values, they are of the top-shelf variety. Especially beautiful is the suburban home where Gillian's family lives. All in all, everyone in the family will spy a winner here, during a showing, and be pleased as punch when the credits roll at film's end.


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