The Spy Next Door

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Released 2010

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Director:
Brian Levant
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG

The Spy Next Door is a 2010 martial arts-comedy film starring Jackie Chan, Billy Ray Cyrus, and George Lopez in a story about a Chinese super-spy whose action-packed past won't leave him alone as he tries to start a new life as a boyfriend and father figure. Chan plays Bob Ho, a former Chinese operative who has started a new life in the United States. He works occasionally for the CIA, but a new relationship with the single mother next door, Gillian (Amber Valleta), has Bob considering full retirement. When Gillian has to leave for a family emergency, Bob promises to watch the children. Bob thinks he'll be able to get to know the kids and prove to Gillian he'd make a good father, but when his old arch-nemesis comes to town, Bob is forced to juggle his responsibilities with the kids and his responsibility to stop a criminal mastermind.The Spy Next Door is fun for the whole family, filled with spectacular action and classic Jackie Chan comedy.

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  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The outtakes are not all that great but still better than anything else in the movie.

  • 40

    Variety

    Chan struggles gamely to charm, but the picture's cartoonish jokes and misfired gags are likely to elicit more eye rolls than laughs.

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Everybody knew to wait for the outtakes during the closing credits, because you'd see him miss a fire escape or land wrong in the truck going under the bridge. Now the outtakes inv...

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Espionage, Martial Arts, Slapstick, Grade Schoolers