I personally felt The Spy Next Door was cute but very formulaic. It's probably good for kids, but isn't nearly as funny as most of Jackie Chan's movies (certainly not like Rush Hour series). The acting for the villains is so bad and poorly done (basically overdone Russians) that it's sad. The kids are generally fun and lively, and Jackie Chan has some funny moments. But there's nothing particularly special about this movie. In fact, while watching the movie, I felt like I had seen it before. Sure enough, it bears an uncanny resemblance to Vin Diesel's The Pacifier (Full Screen Edition). If you liked that movie, you'll probably like The Spy Next Door.
Do you know what it's like to see miscast actors fail miserably at making something out of nothing? Presenting "The Spy Next Door." Watching this movie is a painful experience, not only because it tells an unbelievably strained story, but also because no one seems to fit into their role. And yes, this goes double for the star, Jackie Chan. Had he not been required to be anything more than a stuntman, then maybe (and I really do mean maybe) this film would have worked as an escapist family comedy. … more
I am a recent law school grad with an interest in Southeast Asia legal issues. Unfortunately for my checkbook, ever since high school I have been addicted to good books. I have eclectic tastes, although … more
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Spy missions for the CIA may be difficult and dangerous, but they're nothing compared to the challenges of raising a family. Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) is a Chinese spy on loan to the CIA, but to Gillian (Amber Valletta) and her kids Farren (Madeline Carroll), Ian (Will Shadley), and Nora (Alina Foley), he's just a neighbor and pen salesman. Gillian and Bob are attracted to one another, and Bob is ready to tell Gillian what he really does for a living. He's prepared to retire from his career in espionage so they can take their relationship to the next level. Unfortunately for Bob, Gillian's kids are less than impressed with their nerdy neighbor, and that means his relationship with Gillian can't move forward. When Gillian has to leave town suddenly, Bob volunteers to take care of the children in hopes of "making them" like him. Ian inadvertently downloads a secret file from Bob's computer, and suddenly the Russian terrorist Poldark (Magnus Sheving) is bent on destroying Bob and the children. As if Bob weren't having enough trouble negotiating the daily duties of making the children's breakfast, getting them to school, and keeping track of young Nora in the local mall, he unexpectedly discovers that one of his CIA coworkers is working for the Russians (George Lopez and Billy Ray Cyrus play Bob's colleagues). Bob finds himself alone in the fight of a lifetime as he battles to keep the children safe from the violent Russian and his ...