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
While this movie is clearly aimed at a family audience, it still delivers on the action and stunts that fans expect from a Jackie Chan movie. In this case, Chan concentrated on turning suburban settings into places with extraordinary potential. Chan explained: "We are doing 'normal' things in this movie in a typical Jackie Chan style. I like to use the basic things around me for the stunts. The refrigerator, microwave, ashtray. We also wanted to make sure children can see it. I wanted this to be a PG movie." See more »
During the fight scene at the abandoned warehouse, the bike is leaned over on the right, but then leaned over on the left before Bob kicks the bike. 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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