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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.

Director:

Brian Levant

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 ... Cute Girl
Maverick McWilliams Maverick McWilliams ... Chad
Quinn Mason Quinn Mason ... Carl
Margaret Murphy ... Mom
Esodie Geiger ... Principal
Arron Shiver ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Spying is easy, babysitting is hard. See more »

Genres:

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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Production Notes

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy Next Door See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hailing from Iceland, Magnús Scheving overcame the challenge of speaking English with a Russian accent for his performance as a villain. But at times, he found it difficult to communicate with Jackie Chan, who speaks mostly Chinese. Scheving said with a laugh: "There was one fight scene with Jackie where I didn't really understand if I should go closer or backwards, and I got hit right in the face!" See more »

Goofs

In the very beginning of the movie, Gillian tells Farren to put on jeans, and dresses Nora in pink. While getting in the minivan, Farren is wearing a skirt and Nora is wearing white. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Features Rush Hour (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Agent Man
Written by Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan (as Phil Sloan)
Performed by Johnny Rivers
Courtesy of Soul City Records, Inc.
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I spy a cute, cute family film.....the latest Jackie Chan movie!
20 January 2010 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Bob Ho (Jackie Chan), a very successful CIA spy, is retiring from the business. Although he likes his co-workers, including Colton (Billy Ray Cyrus) and his boss (George Lopez), he want a "normal" life. Cornering a Russian gangster will be his final "hurrah". In truth, Bob has fallen in love with a beautiful divorcée, Gillian (Amber Valletta) and wants to marry her. Trouble is, she has three cantankerous kids, Fallan (Madeleine Carroll), Ian and Nora. Whenever he arrives at their house, they find ways to humiliate him. So, when Gillian has to leave town to attend to a sick father, Bob sees an opportunity for him to "get closer" to the children. He'll babysit for them! After all, as Bob says, he has brought down dictators so he can certainly deal with three kids. Ha! Things go wrong almost immediately. Bob can't cook breakfasts the kids will eat, he has trouble stopping squabbles and he finds bedtime rules are difficult to enforce. Most seriously, Ian downloaded a secret file from Bob's computer and now the Russian badguys are after them! Can Bob manage to dodge bullets as he carpools the kiddies to school? This is a cute family film that should please almost everyone. It has a fine story, a zippy direction, a lot of action, and a nice cast. Chan is, as always, a wonderfully comic performer whose smile can light up the world. His inventive martial arts movements are mirthful, too. The rest of the cast, including Carroll, Cyrus, Lopez, and the others, are great, too. As for the settings, costumes, and production values, they are of the top-shelf variety. Especially beautiful is the suburban home where Gillian's family lives. All in all, everyone in the family will spy a winner here, during a showing, and be pleased as punch when the credits roll at film's end.


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