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The Spy Next Door (2010)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bob Ho
... Gillian
... Farren
... Ian
... Nora
... Anton Poldark (as Magnus Scheving)
... Colton James
... Glaze
... Creel
... Cute Girl
Maverick McWilliams ... Chad
Quinn Mason ... Carl
... Mom
... Principal
... 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


Part spy, part babysitter, all hero. See more »


Action | Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spy Next Door  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The filmmakers initially considered casting George Lopez in Billy Ray Cyrus' role of Colton James, but Lopez's unique combination of comedy and mystery made him the perfect choice to play Glaze, Bob Ho (Jackie Chan)'s trustworthy boss at the CIA. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

Outtakes from the film play during the end credits. See more »


References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


One Way or Another
Written by Nigel Harrison and Debbie Harry
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Capital Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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No chemistry between Jackie and Amber
27 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

CIA super agent Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) has been dating Gillian (Amber Valletta) for three months. Her kids Farren (Madeline Carroll) and Ian (Will Shadley) hate him. Little Nora (Alina Foley) thinks that he's a cyborg. He is retiring for Gillian but she doesn't know his secret life. Glaze (George Lopez) is his handler and Colton James (Billy Ray Cyrus) is a fellow agent. His Russian nemesis Anton Poldark escapes from capture. While the kids snoop around in his house, Ian downloads a file from his secret computer. Poldark tracks it down and comes after Bob and the kids.

There is absolutely no chemistry between Jackie Chan and Amber Valletta. The kids have better chemistry with him. Maybe they could have made up a story about him being a secret nanny instead. That's where the comedy is anyways with him as Mr. Mom. The movie almost works with him and the kids. Many comedians have mined that rich vain and Jackie could easily do that too. Also I don't know why he has to wear those glasses. It's not like he's Superman and this is his secret identity. The rest of the movie is a bunch of unfunny cartoon characters. It still has Jackie Chan doing his acrobatic fights. That's impressive at his age. With a few changes, this could have been a passable kids movie.

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