The Spy Next Door

Theatrical Release: January 15, 2010
DVD Release: May 18, 2010
The Spy Next Door


Jackie Chan is set to star in “The Spy Next Door,” an action-comedy which centers on a man (Chan) who is called to baby-sit his neighbor’s children and winds up having to fight off secret agents after one of the kids inadvertently downloads a secret code.

Dove Review

This movie is a funny and rollicking good time! The family will enjoy this witty and action-packed movie. I wish Jackie Chan (the spy in the film) lived next door to me. He is the main source of fun in the film. Chan plays Bob Ho. His girlfriend Gillian (Amber Valletta) thinks he is a serious man who goes to work from nine to five every day. Her kids think he is boring. Little do they know about the double life this spy lives.

Bob is determined to win over Gillian’s three kids, step-daughter Farren, son Ian and young daughter Nora. When Gillian has to leave town due to an emergency, Bob gets his chance to watch the kids and he attempts to find a place in their lives. He asks, “How tough can three kids be?” and he soon finds out. The funny results involve a lot of slapstick humor, martial arts fighting, and pratfalls. In one scene Bob scales the wall and jumps to the roof to get down little Nora’s cat. He does it as easy as bending over to tie his shoes. Throw in Billy Ray Cyrus as Bob’s spy pal Colton James, and a good time is ready to be had. Billy Ray throws out lines like, “Well, if you’re going to do that you might as well try to scratch your ears with your elbows.”

The movie includes some real funny bloopers at the end, such as Jackie Chan struggling over some dialog and finally saying, “I hate English!” He also has a difficult time picking up a prop.

We are recommending this movie for ages twelve and above but check out our content listing below. Some parents will know their children under twelve will be fine watching the movie. Jackie Chan will make you laugh several times during this movie or his name is not Bob Ho! Actually, we learn in the film it isn’t his name, but Chan is hilarious all the same. Five Doves all the way on this one!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a couple; young boy asks older girl if he said she had a beautiful body would she hold it against him.
Language: H-1; BS (the initials) are spoken-1; Freaking-1
Violence: A lot of slapstick fighting and martial arts and pranks and pratfalls; fighting sticks are used; bad guys talk about blowing up a building; a teen causes a man to fall over a hose as he is taking out garbage; a man shoots a gun at a shirt which he does not like; a woman slaps her boyfriend; a gun is held on a character; a martial arts sequence in which a character uses a frying pan, spaghetti pot and several things on the bad guys; a character is pushed through a window and some blood is seen; a woman grabs a man, keeping him from getting in a cab and she gets in; a man is hit with a chair; a man is hit with a small TV set and it winds up on his head, covering his face (played for laughs); kid is given a wedgie and placed in trash can.
Drugs: Drink seen on table which looked like water.
Nudity: A teen girl wears a short skirt a couple of times and her mother and later her mother's boyfriend get on her about it; cleavage;
Other: A rebellious teen says she hates her house and family but she later changes her feelings; kids check out what's on a character's computer; a kid talks about playboy pay per view; a kid downloads spy information when he believes he is actually downloading a bootleg concert; a kid lights a stink bomb and blames his sister for it; a girl calls her stepmother by her first name but we later learn why and we see a moment of change in her character.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer
Director: Brian Levant
Producer: Robert Simonds
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 92 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter