The Spy Next Door

  • PG
  • Brian Levant (2009)
  • US
  • 90 min
The Spy Next Door
Film Review
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3 out of 5

In this family-friendly comedy, Jackie Chan stars as the retired secret agent whose attempt to sustain a relationship with next-door neighbour Amber Valletta is not only hampered by the antipathy of her three children, but also his previous profession coming back to haunt him. As veteran action icon Chan gets older, his films often target younger viewers, many of whom may only know him from his animated TV series rather than his career-making martial arts movies. Here, his likeable presence is a major plus, and his target audience will respond to his baddie-bopping agility and not worry about the corny, predictable plot. The movie also gives smartly written roles to its junior cast (Will Shadley, Madeline Carroll) while the story is a tongue-in-cheek entertainment that sees Chan's superspy tangle with Russian villains while trying to babysit Valletta's terrible threesome. Young fans of CBeebie's LazyTown may be interested to see Magnus Scheving (better known as Sportacus) as Chan's adversary here.

Plot Summary

Action comedy starring Jackie Chan. After helping to capture a Russian agent, Chinese spy Bob Ho looks forward to a quiet retirement. But when one of his new girlfriend's bratty children accidentally downloads a secret formula that threatens world energy supplies, Bob and the kids have to take on a group of terrorists.

Cast and crew

Cast

Bob Ho
Jackie Chan
Gillian
Amber Valletta
Farren
Madeline Carroll
Ian
Will Shadley
Poldark
Magnus Scheving
Colton James
Billy Ray Cyrus
Glaze
George Lopez
Nora
Alina Foley
Creel
Katherine Boecher
Larry
Lucas Till

Crew

Director
Brian Levant

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Guidance: 
Edited for violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 19 Mar 2010
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Childrens
Drama

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