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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Part spy, part babysitter, all hero. See more »


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


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£2,584,033 (UK) (16 April 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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WILHELM SCREAM: When agent Ho pushes the Russian thug over the fence with the ladder. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Nora: Mom! Jethro's eating my underwear!
[pronounced 'unduweahw']
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes from the film play during the end credits. See more »


Ba Ma De Hua
Written by Fai Chen and Xi Lin
Performed by Jackie Chan
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User Reviews

Jackie Chan's The Spy Next Door was a nice harmless diversion
19 January 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

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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