The Spy Next Door Reviews
A family buzz! Definitely a winner for the occasional family night in. Enjoyed it very much, the whole martial-art comedy thing is a plus and Jackie Chan is the right ingredient for that. This won't win any 'Oscar" but it will extract a giggle somewhere.
I don't think I could watch this alone, its not that kind of movie to soak in, it's more of a groupie flick where you don't really have to concentrate while you watch it because everything is easy to catch and predictability levels are heightened due to the fact that this plot has been done several times but still... a fun time goodie for the clan.
A one-time fun time experience for me but a definite recommendation for all. Honestly there are times in this flick where I'm like "I can't believe they left that line in or that scene" but I guess that's why I enjoyed it more... I sort like crap like that, it just makes me wonder and laugh and think whether they did that on purpose. I don't know?
Nate's Grade: D-
The action is lighter than most Chan movies but it is inventive and fun. The rest of the cast is forgettable. The child actors are initially very annoying. They sort of grow on you as the film proceeds.
DIRECTED BY: Brian Levant
Former CIA 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. And when one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family.
I wasn't interested in seeing this movie, but my niece was. Being the good Aunt that I am, I gave in and watched it with her. She loved it of course cause it is after all a kid's movie. But from an adults point of view, it wasn't so great. It's never a good sign when the kids do a better job at acting then the adults. I mean it has Billy Ray Cyrus in it. He should stick to the Hannah Montana show. I like George Lopez, but he failed in this movie as well. Jackie Chan delivered and had some great action moments. But that is what he is best at. Amber Valletta wasn't to bad. But Magnus Scheving was awful. Just a movie full of bad acting and a plot that feels like it's been done before with "The Pacifier" which is different, but way better then this movie. The kids in this movie were great. Especially the youngest one. She was really cute. So my final opinion on this movie is as an adult it may not be your kind of movie, but if you got kids (or niece's and nephew's) then you should take them to see this. They will love it.
Kids may like this I don't know, maybe not, you can see the same thing in almost all Chan's films haha terrible acting, childish pratfalls and lame 'action' if you can call it that, but it is a kiddie film I guess so can't hammer it too much.
But Maybe this is not Just Jackie movie, The kids are Important in this movie, Its Their movie too...
Jackie Chan is famous for doing his own stunts. He had so many accidents, it's a wonder he can walk. I just love waiting for the closing credits where you see all the stunts that backfired, showing us that it is even harder than we guessed. Yes, it's silly, but it is the kind of entertaining silliness that is aimed squarely at kids and I think they are going love this one.