The Spy Next Door

The Spy Next Door

Brian Levant (2009)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A Chinese secret agent falls in love with a single mother while helping the CIA apprehend a terrorist, and decides to quit the espionage business. He offers to look after her three kids for the weekend, but struggles to cope with their mischief-making - and to make matters worse, the terrorist escapes from prison. Comedy, with Jackie Chan and Magnus Scheving.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Brian Levant
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Mar 2010
Comedy Children's Drama