The Spy Next Door

2010-02-08 17:19
The Spy Next Door

What it's about:

Jackie Chan plays Bob Ho, an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbour and girlfriend, Gillian (Amber Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!

What the critics thought:

"As for Mr. Chan, he has some passably choreographed bits with folding chairs, a bicycle and, later, some pots and pans at Gillian’s house. But it’s hardly enough to redeem - or even make bearable - this half-hearted hodgepodge."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

"The script - which took three people to write - is barely coherent, and it's unclear whether Brian Levant was even on set when he directed. All that's left for us to enjoy are the action scenes, and frankly most of those are a little depressing."
- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

"Yet another lazily kid-pleasing comedy about a man unprepared for fatherhood who's suddenly saddled with children who hate his guts and whom he must win over in order to make time with their hot single mom."
- Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

"Duller than a Monday night at the cobweb museum..."
- Kyle Smith, New York Post

Former CIA spy Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids.

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