The Spy Next Door (2010) - Action, Comedy, Family

Hohum Score

9

Engaging

Former C.I.A. spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids, who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau.

IMDB: 5.4
Director: Brian Levant
Stars: Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta
Length: 94 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 79 found boring (11.39%)

One-line Reviews (52)

Amber Valletta has a pleasing and credible presence, and the baddies are entertaining caricatures.

This is a very silly movie, but I quite enjoyed it.

The only entertaining value I got from this film was from Jackie Chan, whose stunts are always fun to watch.

Truly terrible waste of time.

Then there's even some drawing from Chan's own real life experiences in his character's monologue about love and family, exploited to add certain emotional gravitas in an otherwise empty film that spends fleeting moments in its underdeveloped subplots about the adventures in parenting/babysitting, from the youngest daughter with a fetish for anything pink, the only son who's a school-bully fodder trying too hard to be cool in school, and an eldest daughter with the usual rebellious teenage attitude problem.

Fun entertaining movie .

My overall thoughts of it were: cheese overload, but enjoyable.

I loved that my 13 year old boy & 10 year old daughter enjoyed it & both got the message that family is who loves you not whose blood runs in you.

In his latest Asian venture, Little Big Soldier, Chan rarely fights, but it still manages to be one of Chan's most enjoyable movies in the last decade.

But in this movie, really somethings missing, A Villain who does unwatchable silly comedy Scenes,Not so great Jackie stunts,silly Screenplay, and unrealistic direction.

Thus, one shouldn't take this as a spy movie or thriller, but a family movie with gripping moments.

The plot may be formulaic, that you know what will happen in the whole film just after watching twenty minutes, but it is still enjoyable and fun.

The rest of the movie is very predictable, the characters are one dimensional and stereotypical, and the dialogue is pretty bad.

" This move is not high art, it is not very memorable, but for what it sets out to do, it does in a mostly entertaining way.

The children dislike Bob because he is 'boring' and continuously act like spoilt brats with easy lives handed to them, with disregard for their mother's wellbeing and their financial security.

", and I remember thinking "yet ANOTHER movie with this old boring plot".

Jackie Chan doesn't do the crazy dangerous stunts he used to, but his brand of comedic martial arts is still entertaining.

Brain Levant's direction is mundane, and the writing is flawed.

his films have always entertained, hell ya, he was entertaining even if the material wasn't.

If the movie causes boredom for the adults, they might not take their offspring to the next Jackie Chan movie.

It's the sort of film you can tell from a glance at the advert that it'll be bad and it was also very predictable.

You know, I'm not going to spend time trying to justify why I liked it, laughed at the corny scenes and dialog, slapstick, etc. - but the bottom line is I/we enjoyed it - despite it being a Chan film which usually I'll pass on.

It is a pleasant enough movie experience - and for me, there was not the kind of feeling of it not gelling together - it does, surprisingly well come together as an entertaining lightweight movie.

But if you stick with this thing past the midway mark, you will be rewarded with some very entertaining Chan fight choreography.

His action scenes are smooth and entertaining, bearing in mind that they are meant to be over the top and intended for kids.

But as countless of filmmakers have shown in the past, and will continue to show, it is possible to make a great, enjoyable movie without people walking out of the theatre going, "That was a masterpiece!

Jackie Chan is a secret agent on loan to the US, looking forward to retirement while fostering a burgeoning relationship with single mother Amber Valletta and her 3 children who, predictably, don't like him This standard romantic comedy plot benefits greatly from the Chan touch, which adds a lot of witty action in the manner we have become used to over the years, albeit a little slower (or, perhaps, with the camera cranked at normal speed rather than undercranked).

Magnús Scheving is boring as the villain, plain and simple.

It's very entertaining, and that's all I can really tell you.

Entertaining.

Anyway this is good entertaining movie, that serves well as an intro to Jackie Chan - and is more together as a movie, than his "Rush Hour 2" and "Rush Hour 3" - newcomers to Jackie Chan, might want to see his earlier, more action packed movies, that were made before this one.

The Pacifier may be a little better but this movie was still enjoyable thanks to Jackie Chan.

They all show his signature style--lots of props, flips, and unexpected physical wackiness.

Enjoyable if you prefer kids movies.

While it may seem to be fun for a 5 year old, the same cannot be said for people who are coming of age.

Then there's even some drawing from Chan's own real life experiences in his character's monologue about love and family, exploited to add certain emotional gravitas in an otherwise empty film that spends fleeting moments in its underdeveloped subplots about the adventures in parenting/babysitting, from the youngest daughter with a fetish for anything pink, the only son who's a school-bully fodder trying too hard to be cool in school, and an eldest daughter with the usual rebellious teenage attitude problem.

Bob is dating his next-door neighbor Gillian who has three kids that don't like Bob, because they think he is incredibly boring.

That said, I still enjoyed it, just not as much as I should have.

What I did get was a harmless 90 minutes with Jackie Chan doing what he does best, which was executing his creatively funny stunts to entertaining effect.

Do we REALLY need to see the same story redone so badly little kids actually ask their parents to leave the theater?

wow, what an absolutely delightful and enjoyable, don't miss it!

The plot is instantly engaging to kids and adults – a secret agent (awesome!

But very entertaining stuff.

Beyond this, the movie is a bit slow and lacks of rhythm.

From the moment that Bob and Gillian wake up with those serene smiles on their faces (Gillian had been woken up by a squealing pig and screeching kids) you know what you're in for and the movie certainly doesn't disappoint, in that it does exactly what you expect and follows every cliché there is religiously.

Most over 12 will die of groaning boredom.

Whether we like it or not, Jackie is not 25 years old anymore, neither is he inclined to risk his own life to make us gasp in front of our LEDs, LCDs, Plasmas or worn out silver screens, but rather intent on entertaining us with projects that he hopes are as fun to watch as they are stimulating for him to make.

Hands down the worst movie I've ever seen Jackie Chan in, and that's saying a lot.

If this review keeps even one person from sitting through this horrible waste of time movie I'll have done my good deed for the day.

Apart from the occasional unnecessary scene I believe the film was good it was an enjoyable experience which does give you the occasional laugh.

If IMDB would let you give negitave ratings I would give this a -100,000,000,000 it's so corny dumb and overall just plain out stupid and bad worst movie ever so babyish I don't even know who this movie was made for 2 day old?

The film is more entertaining on paper in 25 words or less, than on the screen.