Rating Explanation: for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor.
DVD Features: Jackie Chan: Stunt Master And Mentor Featurette; Adventures In Acting With The Kids From The Spy Next Door Featurette; Blooper Reel.
Jackie Chan ... Bob Ho
Amber Valletta ... Gillian
Madeline Carroll ... Farren
Will Shadley ... Ian
Alina Foley ... Nora
Magnús Scheving ... Poldark
Billy Ray Cyrus ... Colton James
George Lopez ... Glaze
Katherine Boecher ... Creel
The Spy Next Door
Bob Ho ( Jackie Chan "Rush Hour")is an undercover CIA super spy who decides to give up his career
in espionage where he works cases with Agents Colton (Billy Ray Cyrus "Hannah Montana: The Movie") and
Glaze (comedian George Lopez). Bob is currently dating single mother Gillian (Amber Valletta "What Lies Beneath"),
whose three kids all think Bob is boring. But, when Gillian goes out of town and Bob offers to take care of the
children, they finally discover his true nature, and slapstick
ensues, complete with buffoonish Russian villains led by
the evil Poldark (Magnus Scheving "Lazytown").
The Spy Next Door, directed by Brian Levant ("Are We There Yet?") suffers from an overall lack of imagination
as well as poor follow-through on even its most basic comedic set-ups.
And Jackie Chan at 55 is just a bit too old, and ill at ease with love scenes, to spark
much chemistry with Amber Valletta who's at least 25 years younger. Since the film’s
premise hinges on their attraction, it gets off to a shaky start from
which it never quite recovers.
The mostly trite, overly sentimental storyline, complete with lots of noisy sound effects might well put off even Jackie Chan's most fervent fans. Despite that and the fact that many of the jokes misfire, Jackie's consistently
sunny personality helps make his characteristic English-mangling enjoyable. Should you stay long enough to watch the closing credits, there are some amusing outtakes which turn out to be some of the film’s brightest moments.