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
Casting the part of Bob Ho (Jackie Chan)'s love interest Gillian was crucial as the chemistry between them is the reason Bob goes to such lengths to win over her children. Executive Producer Ira Shuman said: "We wanted someone who could play the mother of three children and yet still be a romantic interest for Bob Ho. Amber Valletta fit the bill perfectly." Having a son of her own (Auden Mccaw), actress and model Valletta brought all of her knowledge of motherhood to the part of Gillian. Valletta said: "She's really fun to play. I liked this character. It was a nice departure for me. I really wanted to do something light that I could take my son to see." Valletta also enjoyed the opportunity to work with children. She continued: "Working with kids is fantastic because you don't know what they're going to do. People always say don't work with children or animals because they'll always upstage you, but I loved it. They keep you in the moment." See more »
"Ho adjusts the family's satellite dish with an electronic label-maker."
The device he was using looked like a label maker because it was likely made from one. A label maker has a keyboard on it meaning with some modification it could be made to serve as an interfacing tool (which could be used to repair computer based systems like dish arrays). Building from an ordinary everyday item has the added bonus of discretion since to anyone else it would appear to be a simple inconspicuous tool or appliance. 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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