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The Spy Next Door (2010)

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Former C.I.A. 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.


Brian Levant


Jonathan Bernstein (screenplay), James Greer (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Mia Stallard ... Cute Girl
Maverick McWilliams Maverick McWilliams ... Chad
Quinn Mason Quinn Mason ... Carl
Margaret Murphy ... Mom
Esodie Geiger ... Principal
Arron Shiver ... Scientist


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


Spying is easy, babysitting is hard. See more »


Action | Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Production Notes




English | Chinese | Russian

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy Next Door See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,877,043, 17 January 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,268,828, 28 February 2010
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Madeline Carroll and George Lopez appeared in Swing Vote (2008). 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 »


[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 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) See more »


Ba Ma De Hua
Written by Fai Chen and Xi Lin
Performed by Jackie Chan
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Mr Cyrus may not win any acting awards but he wins the award for Spy With the Best Kept Highlights
21 May 2010 | by michawheelerSee all my reviews

I'm not about to contradict anyone who says that 'The Spy Next Door' is a bad movie but I cannot say that I didn't enjoy it. From the moment that Bob and Gillian wake up with those serene smiles on their faces (Gillian had been woken up by a squealing pig and screeching kids) you know what you're in for and the movie certainly doesn't disappoint, in that it does exactly what you expect and follows every cliché there is religiously. For me this is what actually allowed me to enjoy it, the movie seemed to tell me, 'I am a bad movie, don't try to take me seriously just laugh at every possible opportunity! I promise you I'm not harmful and I will be over before the stupidity gets the better of your suspended disbelief.'

The film rests on Jackie Chan's shoulders and there's no denying that he is a very charismatic man, very good with physical comedy and at 55 and after all those injuries, still impressively fit. I can't say the same for the kids, the youngest one (Alina Foley) is cute but the other two were a bit annoying although this may be the script's fault. What can I say about the villains; Creel wore red lipstick and black from head to toe and just in case we missed she was the villain she also wore a frozen sardonic smile too, the Russian guys wore heavy overcoats and beards and all of them spoke in this hilarious accent...I enjoyed every bit of it. In fact I think the parts with the villains were my favourite.

I think the movie did what it set out to do and entertained me, I actually burst out laughing many times. One of which was when Billy Ray Cyrus's faced popped onto the screen, don't judge me I didn't know he was in the movie and the image took me by surprise!

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