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The Spy Next Door -- Jackie Chan stars in this family action-comedy which centers on a man (Chan) who is called to baby-sit his neighbor's children and winds up having to fight off secret agents after one of the kids inadvertently downloads a secret code.
The Spy Next Door -- While babysitting his neighbor's children, a mild-mannered guy (Chan) goes into protector mode when one of the kids inadvertently downloads a secret code that brings trouble in the form of several secret agents who don't want that information public.
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The Spy Next Door -- Interview: Billy Ray Cyrus "On why he did the film"
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Writers (WGA):
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15 January 2010 (USA) See more »
Spying is easy, babysitting is hard. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Jackie Chan ... Bob Ho

Amber Valletta ... Gillian

Madeline Carroll ... Farren

Will Shadley ... Ian

Alina Foley ... Nora

Magnús Scheving ... Anton Poldark (as Magnus Scheving)

Billy Ray Cyrus ... Colton James

George Lopez ... Glaze

Katherine Boecher ... Creel

Mia Stallard ... Cute Girl
Maverick McWilliams ... Chad
Quinn Mason ... Carl
Margaret Murphy ... Mom

Esodie Geiger ... Principal

Arron Shiver ... Scientist

Lucas Till ... Larry

Richard Christie ... Judge
Kayleigh Burgess ... Cute Gymnast
Stacey Johnson ... Princess' Mom

Frank Bond ... Waiter
Stephen Eiland ... Taxi Driver

Dan Moseley ... Tourist

Tim Connolly ... Russian Thug

Troy Brenna ... Russian Thug

Jeff Chase ... Russian Thug

Mark Kubr ... Russian Thug

David Mattey ... Russian Thug (as Dave Mattey)

Scott Workman ... Russian Thug
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valerie Adams ... Neighborhood Mother (uncredited)

Joshua R. Aragon ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Steven Ray Byrd ... CIA Agent (uncredited)
Nathan Fane ... Restaurant Patron / Mall Patron (uncredited)
A.C. Hensley ... Diner Patron / Mall Shopper (uncredited)

Timothy Holmes ... CIA (uncredited)

Karen M. Hudson ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Shawn Lecrone ... Mall Walker (uncredited)
Cynthia Lee ... Mall Patron (uncredited)
Gregory Leiker ... Mall Walker (uncredited)
J.D. Marmion ... Mall Walker (uncredited)

Michael Neal Powell ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Levant 
Writing credits
Jonathan Bernstein (screenplay) &
James Greer (screenplay) and
Gregory Poirier (screenplay)

Jonathan Bernstein (story) &
James Greer (story)

Produced by
Terri Goddard .... associate producer
Ken Halsband .... co-producer (as Kenneth Halsband)
Ryan Kavanaugh .... executive producer
George Parra .... associate producer
Ira Shuman .... executive producer
Robert Simonds .... producer
Solon So .... executive producer
Tucker Tooley .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lawrence Jordan 
Casting by
Nicole Abellera 
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Stephen J. Lineweaver  (as Stephen Lineweaver)
Art Direction by
Bryce Perrin 
Set Decoration by
Carla Curry 
Costume Design by
Lisa Jensen 
Makeup Department
Janessa Bouldin .... additional hair stylist (as Janessa M. Bouldin)
Shannon Bouldin .... key hair stylist (as Shannon A. Bouldin)
Herb Dewing .... hair stylist: Jackie Chan
Jane Galli .... makeup department head
Karen McDonald .... key makeup artist
Douglas Noe .... makeup artist: Jackie Chan
Deidre Parness .... additional makeup artist
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney .... hair department head
Production Management
Dustin Bernard .... unit production manager
Ken Halsband .... executive in charge of production (as Kenneth Halsband)
Christopher Kulikowski .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott August .... second assistant director
Eric Glasser .... second second assistant director
Jai James .... additional second assistant director
George Parra .... first assistant director
Art Department
Eric Arellanes .... gang boss
Derrick Ballard .... set designer
David D. Baumann .... assistant property master (as David Baumann)
David Benavides .... set dresser
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
Patrick Boyles .... painter
Shawn Caffrey .... propmaker
Thomas L. Caldwell .... greens foreman (as Thomas Caldwell)
Jason Critchfield .... painter
Paula Dal Santo .... set designer
Tyler James Davidson .... propmaker (as T-Bone)
Chris Gallegos .... propmaker
Lyn Gawron .... art department coordinator
Doug Gray .... propmaker
Paul Harman .... on-set painter
Lynn Harris .... art department coordinator
Darryl Henley .... storyboard artist
Mary Holyoke .... shopper/buyer
Peter Johnson .... propmaker
George Kruft .... painter (as George A. Kruft)
Amahl Lovato .... set designer
JoAnna Maes-Corlew .... graphic designer (as Jo Anna Maes Corlew)
Amy Marsh .... art department coordinator
Christopher Martin .... key greensman
Ray Martinez .... propmaker
David McQuade .... set dresser
Jose Mendoza .... painter
Paul Ortega .... paint foreman (as Randy Paul Ortega)
Randy Ortega .... key scenic (as Randy E. Ortega)
Robert Ortega .... foreman
Macario Rivera .... painter
Jonas Rodriguez .... utility technician
Nicole Sahd .... painter
Nathaniel Sandoval .... propmaker
Troy Sandoval .... propmaker
David Lee Servoss .... set dresser (as David L. Servoss)
Randy Severs .... propmaker
Sandra Shepard .... art department production assistant
Phil Shirey .... leadman
David Thompson .... set dresser (as David J. Thompson)
Lawrence Tolle .... property assistant
Angelo Tomarchio .... propmaker
Andrew Trujillo .... set dresser (as Andrew J. Trujillo)
Joseph Trujillo .... utility technician
Sharon Turner .... toolperson
Alfredo Ventura .... painter
Robert A. Vigil .... labor foreman
Robert W. Vigil .... utility technician
Cisco Whitson-Brown .... set painter
Gina Zaritsky .... graphic artist
Colin Zaug .... on-set dresser
Ben Zeller .... construction coordinator
Carl Zeller .... construction general foreman
Evelyn Zeller .... construction buyer (as Evelyn R. Zeller)
Doug Butts .... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Dan Fitzgerald .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Dale Lotreck .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Julie Altus .... adr recordist
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Onnalee Blank .... sound re-recording mixer
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer (as Andrew D'Addario)
Bill Daly .... production sound mixer
Noel Hazan .... sound recordist (as Noel Hazen)
Phil Lee .... sound recordist
Jane McKeever .... foley editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Larry Oliver .... dialogue continuity
Michael Payne .... sound designer
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound effects editor (as Karen Vassar)
Miles J.D. Vedder .... boom operator (as Miles Vedder)
Brett Voss .... foley mixer
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
John A. Willingham .... utility sound
David Young .... sound editorial engineer
Special Effects by
Daniel Holt .... special effects technician
Margaret Johnson .... special effects foreman (as Margaret Maggie Johnson)
Raymond C. King .... special effects
Randy E. Moore .... special effects supervisor
Mike Prawitz .... special effects technician (as Michael Prawitz)
Visual Effects by
Erika Abrams .... visual effects producer: Reel FX Entertainment
Peter Allendale .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Tim Archer .... editor: Reel FX Entertainment
Kenneth Armstrong .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Walter Behrnes .... 3D supervisor: Reel FX Entertainment
Oliver Benavidez .... visual effects & digital production coordinator: Reel FX Entertainment
Floyd Burks .... scanning & recording: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Joshua Carey .... rigging supervisor
Tim Carras .... visual effects supervisor: Comen VFX
Anthony Chappina .... visual effects artist
Daniel Clark .... paint artist: Reel FX Entertainment (as Dan Clark)
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer: Comen VFX (as Josh Comen)
Christine Cram .... paint artist: Reel FX Entertainment
Erin M. Cullen .... rotoscope artist: Reel FX Entertainment
Gregg Domain .... CG artist: Reel FX Entertainment
Eric Ehemann .... CG artist: Reel FX Entertainment
M.B. Emigh .... compositing supervisor: Reel FX Entertainment (as Maribeth Emigh)
Troy Griffin .... digital supervisor: Reel FX Entertainment
Martin Hall .... compositor: Reel FX Entertainment
Elizabeth Hauser Hemme .... lighting lead: Reel FX Entertainment (as Liz Hauser)
John Herndon .... scanning & recording: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Ed Jones .... senior visual effects supervisor
Tom M. Jordan .... modeler: Reel FX Entertainment (as Tom Jordan)
John Kearns .... restoration artist: Technicolor Digital Intermediate (as John D. Kearns)
Armando Kirwin .... on-set screen graphics
Krystine Lankenau .... rotoscope artist: Reel FX Entertainment (as Kristine Lankenau)
Joe Lilli .... digital effects artist
David Lingenfelser .... visual effects supervisor: Reel FX Entertainment
Chris MacKinnon .... CG artist: Reel FX Entertainment
LaNelle Mason .... restoration artist: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Matt McPherson .... technical supervisor: Reel FX Entertainment
Jonathan Mecenas .... scanning & recording: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Landon Medeiros .... compositor: Reel FX Entertainment
Todd Mitchell .... scanning & recording: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Caroline Muir .... texture artist: Reel FX Entertainment
John Nesselrodt .... lighting
Sean O'Connor .... compositor: Reel FX Entertainment
Kim O'Donnell .... compositor: Reel FX Entertainment (as Kim Pepe)
Angie Parks Griffin .... visual effects & digital producer: Reel FX Entertainment
Sungman Pyun .... lighter: Reel FX Entertainment
Holly Rayman .... controller: Comen VFX
Madhava Reddy .... scanning & recording: Technicolor Digital Intermediate (as Mady Yatham)
Doug Richardson .... scanning & recording: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Mike Roy .... visual effects artist
Jake Rusch .... 3D artist: Reel FX Entertainment
Augusto Schillaci .... head of digital production: Reel FX Entertainment
Chris Serenil .... computer services manager
Ahren Shaw .... visual effects editor
Bryan Shepperd .... CG artist: Reel FX Entertainment (as Bryan Sheppard)
Mark Shoaf .... CG supervisor: Reel FX Entertainment
Valentin Sinlao .... CG artist: Reel FX Entertainment (as Val Sinlao)
Brad Sutton .... restoration artist: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Wilson Tang .... restoration artist: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Tommy Tran .... compositor: Reel FX Entertainment
Corinne Villa .... visual effects editor
Francis Wu .... texture artist: Reel FX Entertainment
Jasper M. Baltzersen .... digital paint & roto artist: Reel FX (uncredited)
Joe Censoplano .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Clark Harding .... rotoscoper (uncredited)
Pete Herzog .... visual effects executive producer (uncredited)
Matthew Thunell .... visual effects producer: Reel FX (uncredited)
Michael A. Wallace .... matchmoving artist: Reel FX Entertainment (uncredited)
Paul Andreovski .... stunt player: Jackie Chan
Chris Brewster .... stunt player (as Christopher Brewster)
Bob Brown .... stunt coordinator
Bobby Burns .... stunt player (as Robert Burns)
Trine Christensen .... stunt player
Jennifer Cobb .... stunt player
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt player (as Edward Fernandez)
Michelle Greathouse .... stunt player
Jun He .... stunt coordinator
Jun He .... stunt player: Jackie Chan
Dana Hee .... stunt player
Luca Ispirescu .... stunt player (as Mirela R. Ispirescu)
Shawn Kautz .... stunt rigger
Don Lee .... stunt player (as Don L. Lee)
Vanessa Motta .... stunt player
Wing Lun Ng .... stunt player: Jackie Chan
Hyun Jin Park .... stunt player: Jackie Chan
Sierra Pater .... stunt player
Jeff Podgurski .... stunt player
Jesse Puente .... stunt player
Shawn Robinson .... stunt player
Troy Robinson .... stunt player
Tim Sitarz .... stunt player
Shelby Swatek .... stunt player
Lee Whittaker .... stunt player
Thom Williams .... stunt player
Gang Wu .... stunt coordinator: Jackie Chan
Troy Brenna .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Chris Brewster .... stunt double: Lucas Till (uncredited)
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Jeff Chase .... stunts (uncredited)
Jennifer Cobb .... stunt double: Katherine Boecher (uncredited)
Tim Connolly .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt double: George Lopez (uncredited)
Han Guan Hua .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan (uncredited)
Mark Kubr .... stunts (uncredited)
David Mattey .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jesse Puente .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan (uncredited)
Scott Workman .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip Abeyta .... set lighting technician
Bradley Barnes .... lighting technician
Nick Behrmann .... rigging electrician
Chip Byrd .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Oliver Clark .... video assist
William Coss .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
David Cummings .... best boy rigging grip
Matthew P. Debevec .... grip (as Matt Debevec)
Allen Eaves .... set lighting technician (as Allen 'Mai Tai' Eaves)
Will Emery .... loader
Tyler Fletcher .... video assist
Phill Fulton .... grip
Jamie Garcia .... set lighting technician (as Jamie 'Tuco' Garcia)
Colleen E. Hayes .... still photographer (as Colleen Hayes)
Juergen Heinemann .... grip
Hank Herrera .... best boy grip
Casey Hotchkiss .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jack C. Jones .... rigging set lighting best boy
Steve Jones .... rigging gaffer (as Steve B. Jones)
Dylan Kelling .... grip rigger
David R. Kohn .... best boy set lighting technician
Mark A. Lewis .... set lighting technician
David L. Long .... generator operator
Charlie Newberry .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Orefice .... chief lighting technician (as Michael Paul Orefice Sr.)
Michael Orefice .... gaffer (as Michael Paul Orefice Sr.)
Jason Prentice .... grip
Jessica Ramos .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Ricky Sanchez .... grip
Mark Sheets .... key rigging grip
John Sneesby .... grip
Carl Vigil .... lighting technician
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator
Ralph Watson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chad Watters .... set lighting technician
Peter Weidenfeller .... dolly grip
Sandy Williams .... key grip
Animation Department
Kent Alfred .... animator
Eric Drobile .... animator
Bryan Engram .... animation director
Casting Department
Karin Aragon .... extras casting associate
Joanne Bloom .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Jo Edna Boldin .... casting: New Mexico
Tina Kerr .... extras casting executive
Marie A. Kohl .... casting associate: New Mexico
Hannah Macpherson .... casting assistant: New Mexico
Lynne Redding .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Lee Brice .... costumer
Nico Candelaria .... costumes staff assistant
Michelle Duval .... costumer
Elizabeth Lancaster .... costumer (as Elizabeth A. Lancaster)
Roberta Souder Langhofer .... costumer
Claire Sandrin .... costume supervisor
Cherlyn Schaefer .... costumer
Jillian Stohr .... costumes staff assistant
Jesse Trevino .... costumer
Cassidy Zachary .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Chris DeLaGuardia .... lab color timer
Danny Elhaj .... post-production assistant
Obi Ikemefuna .... editorial staff assistant
Dawn Michelle King .... first assistant editor (as Dawn King)
Bruce Lomet .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Michael Moncreiff .... account executive: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Dylan Quirt .... first assistant editor
David M. Rodriguez .... post-production accountant
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Julian Smirke .... first assistant editor
Michael Underwood .... digital intermediate colorist: Technicolor Digital Intermediate (as Mike Underwood)
Pascal Vaguelsy .... post-production coordinator
Joe Zappia .... editorial assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... supervising music editor: Liquid Music
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Marty Frasu .... scoring mixer
J.J. George .... temp music editor
Jim Harrison .... supervising music editor: Liquid Music
Season Kent .... music supervisor
Tony Mandracchia .... guitars
William J Parker .... music editor: Liquid Music
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Billy Sullivan .... scoring mixer
Happy Walters .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Catherine Adrian .... driver
Kari Bernhardt .... driver
Dan Berryman .... driver
Mary B. Borg .... driver
Adam E. Candelaria .... driver
James E. Christian .... driver
Arthur Claunch .... driver
Daniel Davis .... transportation captain
Billy L. 'Butch' Frank .... driver (as Billy L. Frank)
Joseph Gonzales .... driver
Jason Kapuscinski .... driver
Jimmy A. Lopez .... driver
Jared Mangano .... driver
Jimmy W. Masterson .... driver (as Jim W. Masterson)
Michael McMahan .... driver (as Michael Anthony McMahan)
Mario Medina .... picture car coordinator
Don Newman .... driver
William Ray .... driver
Walter J. Russell .... driver (as Walt 'Grampy' Russell)
Peter Schwietzer .... driver
Gary Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Larry Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Harold L. Woods .... driver (as Harold Woods)
Other crew
Lynn Ambrosino .... set production assistant
Giovanna Anderson .... studio teacher
Paul Baca .... key construction medic
Linda Benjamin .... executive vice president: Relativity Media
Kevin Bowe .... second assistant accountant
Bridget Briley .... production legal counsel: Business Affairs
Daniel Cabeza .... assistant: Tucker Tooley (as Danny Cabeza)
Victoria L. Cannaday .... production assistant
Alex Capaldi .... assistant: Kenneth Halsband
Marquelyn Carrillo .... stand-in: Madeline Carroll
Douglas J. Christian .... helicopter pilot
Christopher D. Cook .... office production assistant (as Christopher Cook)
Perry L. Coomans .... craft service assistant
Dustin DellaVecchia .... production secretary
Jennifer Dickey .... key set medic
Thomas Downard .... animal trainer
Don Draper .... craft service (as Donald L. Draper)
Lauren Dusek .... stand-in: Amber Valleta
Mark G. Eichholz .... assistant: Brian Levant
Philip Elway .... executive vice president of business affairs: Relativity Media
Pearl Fearon .... accounting clerk
Matthew P.C. Freeman .... set production assistant (as Matthew P. Freeman)
Eddie Frierson .... additional voices
Trevor George-Fowler .... animal trainer
Jackie Gonneau .... additional voices
Manuel Gonzales .... chef (as Manuel Gonzalez)
Jon Greenberg .... assistant: Robert Simonds
Michael Grigsby .... production accountant
Kim L. Hanson .... office production assistant
Doc Harris Jr. .... set production assistant (as Dock Harris III)
Amy Hawkins .... payroll accountant (as Amy S. Hawkins)
Daniel Herther .... executive assistant: Ryan Kavanaugh
Blake Hinkle .... location production assistant
Kyndall Holstead .... assistant production coordinator
Elizabeth Elliott Hopkins .... production legal counsel: Business Affairs
Richard Steven Horvitz .... additional voices (as Richard Horvitz)
Keith Jackson .... set production assistant
Pat Jackson .... studio teacher (as Patrick Jackson)
Skye T. Jacobson .... animal trainer
Dianne Johnson .... studio teacher
Steven M. Kalb .... production finance counsel (as Steve M. Kalb)
Ashley Kravitz .... clearances: Cleared By Ashley
Eric Ladd .... title design
Thomas Loftus .... senior vice president of business and legal affairs: Relativity Media
Leisha Mack .... manager of business and legal affairs: Relativity Media
Ken Makowski .... production legal counsel: Business Affairs
Aaron Mallory .... chef assistant
Douglas McClure .... production legal counsel: Business Affairs
Stephen Monas .... production legal counsel: Business Affairs
Marciano Moreno .... chef assistant
Jennie Myers .... second assistant accountant
Alice Neuhauser .... senior vice president of operations: Relativity Media
M. Michelle Nishikawa .... production coordinator
Marie-Jeanne Orona .... assistant location manager
Marie-Jeanne Orona .... key assistant location manager (as Shani Orona)
Paul Pape .... additional voices
Shannon Parker .... set production assistant
Chuck Peil .... vice president of business development
Jessica Pennington .... additional voices
David T. Quan .... stand-in: Jackie Chan (as David Quan)
Eva Quiroz .... vice president of operations: Relativity Media
Anna Ramey .... set production assistant
Lynne Redding .... additional voices
Marlaine Reiner .... assistant: mr. kavanaugh
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor
Rip Russell .... first assistant accountant (as Rip Russell II)
Sandie Sanchez .... stand-in: Will Shadley & Alina Foley
Katharine Schroeder .... assistant: Jackie Chan (as Katherine Mysap)
Samantha Shuman .... unit publicist
Jessica A. Smart .... production secretary (as Jessica Smart)
Rebecca Puck Stair .... location manager (as Rebecca 'Puck' Stair)
Adam M. Stone .... production placement coordinator (as Adam Stone)
Cat Stone .... production placement coordinator
Karen Susztar .... location production assistant
Liz Taylor .... assistant: Brian Levant
Paul Tuerpe .... additional voices
Steve Watson .... caterer
Diana C. Weng .... dialect coach: Jackie Chan
Angelica Williams .... studio teacher
Sumiko 'Osumi' Yahagi .... assistant: Jackie Chan
Jacob A. Bloom .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contributions to the making of this movie (as Jake Bloom)
Phillip Button .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contributions to the making of this movie
Jack Kavanaugh .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contributions to the making of this movie
Ann Lerner .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contributions to the making of this movie
Greg Maxwell .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contributions to the making of this movie

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Also Known As:
"Double Mission" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Filming started in late October 2008 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and was finished in late December 2008.See more »
Continuity: 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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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: The Spy Next Dooe, 24 January 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

While we anticipate Jackie Chan's Asian production with Little Big Soldier this Lunar New Year, he continues his journey in the West with yet another kid and family friendly production with The Spy Next Door, which would fit into the Disney Channel stable given Chan's penchant to appeal to the lowest denominator to draw in the family crowd, and you know just how safe the stunts of Hollywood tend to be when appealing to this demographic.

Which leaves The Spy Next Door pretty much a departure from contemporary adventure flicks which tend to draw upon violence and gore in its action sequences, to keep it within a safe, acceptable rating. Jackie Chan plays Bob Ho, a man with as much personality as his any of his past heroes, which tend to be cop / secret agent belonging to the Hong Kong / Chinese police / spy agency, and here he's on loan to the CIA because of warming Sino-US relations. For years he's been helping out and solving what the Americans cannot, keeping in line with Hollywood's trend of putting China in good light, and he does so undercover and under fake glasses, living next to a divorcée (played by Amber Valletta) whom he fancies, and her three kids.

They do not know his identity as his cover is as a geeky pen salesman, and like any super- hero film, has to keep his identity, abilities and tools a secret, which you know will be threatened for exposure as he grows closer to the family, wanting to take his relationship with Valletta's Gillian to the next step, and working toward seeking acceptance from her children, only for a Russian criminal to escape and threaten the world's oil reserve, and having to grapple with a mole within the CIA. Sounds complicated, but it actually isn't, really, especially when the main villain (Magnus Scheving) spends a lot of his time trying to look trendy and fashionable.

If there's something that will appeal, it'll be two items. First up the opening credit montage which played like a celebration to Chan's illustrious career as an action hero, where you get to see clips from classics such as Hong Kong's Armour of God when he was at his peak, to disasters like Hollywood's Tuxedo when he sold out to the West. Then there's even some drawing from Chan's own real life experiences in his character's monologue about love and family, exploited to add certain emotional gravitas in an otherwise empty film that spends fleeting moments in its underdeveloped subplots about the adventures in parenting/babysitting, from the youngest daughter with a fetish for anything pink, the only son who's a school-bully fodder trying too hard to be cool in school, and an eldest daughter with the usual rebellious teenage attitude problem.

With Jackie Chan growing older and slowing down, this shows up in the carefully crafted action sequences, which while I didn't notice any obvious signs of a stunt double, the stunts performed here are quite the walk in the park for Chan many years ago, where I remember being thrilled by the money-shot stunt sequences that each of his films would highlight. Of late there's none and he seems to be relying on his past laurels, though "improvised" fights and acrobatics that Chan is famous for, still has enough legs to entertain, especially when battling the bad guys in closed quarters using everyday household items. If anything, there's a number of obvious wire-work that you know Hollywood would dabble with, either for stunt safety reasons, for laughs, or just to plain exaggerate.

The Spy Next Door works as a family popcorn movie, keeping a lot of things safe and will entertain any 5 year old kid. Stay tuned during the end credits with hilarious outtakes from the film, and you see that JC still struggles with the English language.

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