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The Spy Next Door (2010)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Family  |  15 January 2010 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi vecino es un espía  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£2,584,033 (UK) (16 April 2010)
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WILHELM SCREAM: When agent Ho pushes the Russian thug over the fence with the ladder. See more »

Goofs

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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Secret Agent Man
Written by Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan (as Phil Sloan)
Performed by Johnny Rivers
Courtesy of Soul City Records, Inc.
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Chan Plays a Cool Funny Spy in a Done-to-Death Story
18 May 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

OK, where story is concerned, there's nothing new here. Chan plays a spy on the verge of retirement because he wants to settle down with his girlfriend Gillian (Amber Valetta) and her annoying kids. Now the kids hate Chan and Gillian has to leave for a couple of days in order to spend some time with her ailing father. So who offers to look after the kids? It's not hard to see how clichéd the story is but it is Jackie Chan with his creative stunts who makes this a fun watch. The actor's flair for comedy has become common knowledge and he is as energetic as ever. Moreover, his pairing with the beautiful Valetta is refreshing. Valetta doesn't get much to do other than play the usual girlfriend/divorcée/mom of three but she holds her own. The rest of the cast is forgettable. The child actors are initially very annoying. They sort of grow on you as the film proceeds. Overall, the film is nothing out of the ordinary. It doesn't even compare to a majority Chan's superior works but at best it's an amusing one-time watch.


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