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
Playing Colton James, Jackie Chan's partner at the CIA, was actor and country music star Billy Ray Cyrus. Cyrus said: "Every time I approach a new film project one of the first things I look at is the script. A script is like a hit song. It's gotta be on the page to make it to the stage, and I loved the script. It reads like a hit." Cyrus was particularly excited to work alongside Chan and witness his talents first-hand. Cyrus continued: "Jackie's work ethic is exceptiona. The guy is incredible. He never stops. He does everything perfectly and if it isn't perfect, he won't stop until it is perfect. When it's time to break and move to the next scene, he's the first guy picking up equipment, helping the crew. I've never seen anybody that hands on and so prepared." Executive Producer Ira Shuman said: "We were very excited to be working with Billy Ray Cyrus. I was unfamiliar with his acting and just knew him as a singer. He came across very naturally." See more »
When Bob mentions seeing a movie, Ian says "What movie? Octopussy? This isn't 1985." Actually, Octopussy came out in 1983. 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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