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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
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Storyline

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

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

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Action | Comedy | Family

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

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15 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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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 »

Goofs

When Bob mentions seeing a movie, Ian says "What movie? Octopussy? This isn't 1985." Actually, Octopussy came out in 1983. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nora: Mom! Jethro's eating my underwear!
[pronounced 'unduweahw']
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Outtakes from the film play during the end credits. See more »

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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Sword Dance
Courtesy of APM Music
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Not a Jackie Chan fan but enjoyed it
17 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Before taking the kids to see this, I read through some quick reviews online (such as RogerEbert.com, etc.), and groaned thinking about the 90 minutes or so I'd have to sit watching this...not to mention the annoying ads stuffed down your throat before the trailers even start.

You know, I'm not going to spend time trying to justify why I liked it, laughed at the corny scenes and dialog, slapstick, etc. - but the bottom line is I/we enjoyed it - despite it being a Chan film which usually I'll pass on. How refreshing not to get any propaganda thrown in your face, political innuendos/viewpoints - whatever, which unfortunately you have to bear in even many kids & 'family' films being pumped out these days ... just a basic family comedy which accomplishes its purpose - to simply entertain and nothing else. What's wrong with that, Mr. Ebert? I think you need to stay away from kids' films. Anyone?

So if you decide to see it, make your own judgment. The negative reviews I read before seeing it prepared me to expect the worst....which in turn actually helped it to be a quite a pleasant surprise. Go figure. So far I find it amusing how some of the reviewers on here spent so much time writing in detail how awful the film is, spending the time, space, and effort into dissecting & critiquing it as though it were the latest Coppola or Scorsese project. Who are they writing to? Those expecting a modern cinematic classic (via Jackie Chan) bringing them to standing applause ... or to parents like myself taking their kids out to have a little fun? Right! LOL.


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