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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Poldark (as Magnus Scheving)
Mia Stallard ...
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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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Did You Know?


As it has happened in at least two more titles, the makers of the film sponsored a photo-manipulation contest in Worth 1000 (the well known photo-manipulation site), on which the participants were asked to create photo-realistic images of the world as if it were ruled by spies. See more »


Early on in the film when Bob rescues the cat, it's 2 completely different cats. The cat on the roof, and the cat the little girl is holding are different. 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 »


References Secret Agent (1964) See more »


The Way It Was
Written and Performed by Daniel May
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Kung Fu Nanny (Screen)
28 July 2010 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

That's its french title.

With the kid, we originally wanted to see "Schreck 4" in 3D but it was sold out. Thus, we changed for this one because the kid likes very much Jackie Chan and as it involved kids, I knew that mine would feel related.

As the movie started, I thought that Chan was already an icon in my teens so this guy is really tireless and he worths an official recognition for his dedication toward world cinema.

However I felt a bit disappointed because the story didn't take place in Asia but in a deep American suburb. So, there wasn't much of exoticism.

Fortunately, it happens that the story was a funny coincidence with my recent experience. Jackie and I were given the responsibility to take care after kids while the lone mother was away. It was thus cool to see our different or similar reactions.

Beyond this, the movie is a bit slow and lacks of rhythm. The kids aren't engaging so the action was welcomed. Even as a nanny, Chan had to fight and I'm dubious if it was really him in certain sequences (I would need a frame to frame analysis to judge).

At the end, it was cool to see the bloopers, to notice that the mother was Amber Valetta (who seems to have aged for 20 years since "Hitch") and the kid liked the movie! Thus, mission accomplished!

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