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 »
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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


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 »

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Did You Know?


The moment director Brian Levant heard about Jackie Chan's involvement, he enthusiastically committed to the project. Levant said: "Jackie Chan is a unique talent. He has the ability to do incredible things before your eyes and make it look simple. To him, it is. He is so inventive and energetic. Every day with him is exciting. He knows about comedy as well. He's someone who lets you be loose and natural, and I think in comedy that helps a lot to try different things." See more »


Ian says he tracked Bob by sneaking a tracking device into his pocket when he hugged him goodbye. However, before going to track down the bad guys Bob completely changes his outfit. 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 »


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Ba Ma De Hua
Written by Fai Chen and Xi Lin
Performed by Jackie Chan
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If you're under 12 this is great. For adults .....
17 June 2010 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

I give this a 5 because the audience you're with will make a lot of difference. If you consider this as entirely a kid's movie, along the lines of the low budget Disney live action films of the late 60s and 70s like Herbie Goes Bannanas, then you've got a rating of at least 8. This is totally kid friendly in every way. BUT it is also really goofy and the predictability and sappyness borders very closely on the idiotic. So the idiotic fun of the thing will work for little kids, but for adults--the idiocy pretty much dominates. (in fact, the screenplay seems to be at least a quarter century out of date--the bad guys are all Russian for instance). This is obviously a very low budget project, and it bears many of the earmarks of a direct-to-video movie. The first half has a lot of stock footage and a lot of that really annoying digital "swoosh" editing as well as some very stiff acting and cheap sounding music. But it gets better as it goes along. For the first 40 minutes or so I was really afraid that Jackie's American movie career was degenerating into Seagal-VanDamme DTV hell (director LeVant's last and next films are made for video Scooby Doo flicks--not a good sign). But if you stick with this thing past the midway mark, you will be rewarded with some very entertaining Chan fight choreography. Because, even though Jackie now uses more stunt doubles, wires, and CG effects for the action sequences, it is still obvious that he is the one who choreographs these elaborate sequences. They all show his signature style--lots of props, flips, and unexpected physical wackiness.

So little kids will like it. Most over 12 will die of groaning boredom. Jackie Chan fans will find a few worthy rewards.

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English | Chinese | Russian

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy Next Door See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,726,056, 17 January 2010

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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