The Spy Next Door

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Overview

Reminiscent of Kindergarten Cop, with a dash of Spy Kids, The Spy Next Door blends together an entertaining mixture of family fun and martial-arts comedy styling to form a familiar story that once again reminds us that even hardened action heroes have a soft side. Jackie Chan stars as Bob Ho, an international spy on loan to the CIA who gives up his job in hopes of leading a so-called normal life with his next-door-neighbor girlfriend and her rambunctious brood. There's nothing in Spy that the audience hasn't seen...
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Overview

Reminiscent of Kindergarten Cop, with a dash of Spy Kids, The Spy Next Door blends together an entertaining mixture of family fun and martial-arts comedy styling to form a familiar story that once again reminds us that even hardened action heroes have a soft side. Jackie Chan stars as Bob Ho, an international spy on loan to the CIA who gives up his job in hopes of leading a so-called normal life with his next-door-neighbor girlfriend and her rambunctious brood. There's nothing in Spy that the audience hasn't seen before from similarly themed incarnations think The Pacifier, but, fans will appreciate director Brian Levant's homage to Jackie Chan's past Hong Kong movie blockbusters -- most notably, Police Story and The Legend of Drunken Master -- during the opening credit sequence, which is fitting considering many of the action sequences are derivative of those films. The main story centers on Bob's relationship with artsy single mom Gillian Amber Valletta and her three kids: precocious teenage stepdaughter Farren Madeline Carroll, nerdy middle child Ian Will Shadley, and adorably energetic Nora Alina Foley. After an emergency sends Gillian away to Denver, Bob steps up and offers to watch the kids while she's gone. Ill-equipped to handle a situation that's clearly over his head, Bob utilizes his spy skills and gadgets -- video watch, GPS tracking, x-ray glasses -- to gain control over the situation in hopes of winning over the kid's affection, but when an old enemy escapes from prison and threatens his potential family, Bob must return to his 007 world of international espionage to protect them. Admittedly, there's a certain level of cheese in this film, especially when it comes to the Boris-and-Natasha-style villains, Poldark Magnús Scheving and Creel Katherine Boecher, whose silly Russian stereotyped performances and running joke about American fashion unabashedly border on cringe-worthy territory. Not to mention, the thinly plotted storyline involving brainiac Ian, who accidentally downloads a top-secret formula for oil-eating ooze created by the bad guys, which propels the main action of the film. Adding to the pile are the supporting cast members: George Lopez as the traitorous CIA agent, Glaze, and Billy Ray Cyrus as CIA agent and Bob's BFF Colton James, who lends folksy witticisms like "As gone as rum cake at an AA meeting." Even so, Chan's charm wins out in the end, and The Spy Next Door's most effective sequences involve Bob's attempts to bond with the kids -- from taking little Nora shopping for a Halloween costume to helping Ian with school bullies and girls. These comedic moments more or less overshadow an otherwise simplistic narrative, and the audience can't help but smile to themselves every time Chan appears onscreen. Die-hard fans might miss the era of classic kick-ass Hong Kong action films, but Spy manages to fill that void as an entertaining alternative that kids and parents alike will enjoy. ~ Alaina O'Connor
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Special Features

Jackie Chan: Stunt Master and Mentor Featurette; ; Adventures In Acting With The Kid From The Spy Next Door Featurette; ; Blooper Reel
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • UPC: 031398120865
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 38,762

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Chan Bo Ho
Amber Valletta Gillian
Madeline Carroll Farren
George Lopez Glaze
Billy Ray Cyrus Colton James
Will Shadley Ian
Katherine Boecher Creel
Alina Foley Nora
Magnus Scheving Poldark
Lucas Till Larry
Mia Stallard Cute Girl
Maverick McWilliams Chad
Quinn Mason Carl
Margaret Murphy Mom
Frank Bond Walter
Arron Shiver Scientist
Esodie Geiger Principal
Stephen Eiland Taxi Driver
Tim Connolly Russian Thug
Troy R. Brenna Russian Thug
Jeff Chase Russian Thug
Scott Workman Russian Thug
Mark Kubr Russian Thug
David Mattey Russian Thug
Technical Credits
Brian Levant Director
Nicole Abellera Casting
Derrick Ballard Set Decoration/Design
Jonathan Bernstein Original Story, Screenwriter
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Bill Daly Sound Mixer
Terri Goddard Associate Producer
Jim Greer Original Story, Screenwriter
Ken Halsband Co-producer
Lisa Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
Lawrence Jordan Editor
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Amahl H. Lovato Set Decoration/Design
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Randy Moore Special Effects Supervisor
David Newman Score Composer
Douglas Noe Makeup
George Parra Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Michael J. Payne Sound/Sound Designer
Bryce Perrin Art Director
Gregory Poirier Screenwriter
Paula Dal Santo Set Decoration/Design
Ira Shuman Executive Producer
Robert Simonds Producer
Solon So Executive Producer
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Spy Next Door
1. The Next Step [5:52]
2. Taking Care of Business [5:31]
3. Making an Effort [7:16]
4. Just What We Need [5:45]
5. Playing Games [8:58]
6. Almost Cool [7:25]
7. Back To School [5:51]
8. Have A Great Day [5:55]
9. Dinner Date [5:34]
10. Classified Material [6:43]
11. Just Go [4:54]
12. GBH File [5:44]
13. Russians Are Coming [6:00]
14. The Good Guys [2:19]
15. Something To Tell You [2:35]
16. End Credits [7:42]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Spy Next Door
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      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Surround
         English 2.0 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
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   Special Features
      Jackie Chan: Stunt Master and Menor
      Adventures In Acting With The Kids Of The Spy Next Door
      Blooper Reel
      Also From Lionsgate
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