The Spy Next Door

The Spy Next Door

Starring: Jackie Chan, Madeline Carroll, Alina Foley, George Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus
Directed by: Brian Levant
Produced by: Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Solon So
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family and Thriller
Release Date: January 15th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor.

While we anticipate Jackie Chan’s Asian production with Little Big Soldier this Lunar New Year, he continues his journey in the West with yet another kid and family friendly production with The Spy Next Door, which would fit into the Disney Channel stable given Chan’s penchant to appeal to the lowest denominator to draw in the family crowd, and you know just how safe the stunts of Hollywood tend to be when appealing to this demographic.

Which leaves The Spy Next Door pretty much a departure from contemporary adventure flicks which tend to draw upon violence and gore in its action sequences, to keep it within a safe, acceptable rating. Jackie Chan plays Bob Ho, a man with as much personality as his any of his past heroes, which tend to be cop / secret agent belonging to the Hong Kong / Chinese police / spy agency, and here he’s on loan to the CIA because of warming Sino-US relations. For years he’s been helping out and solving what the Americans cannot, keeping in line with Hollywood’s trend of putting China in good light, and he does so undercover and under fake glasses, living next to a divorcée (played by Amber Valletta) whom he fancies, and her three kids.

They do not know his identity as his cover is as a geeky pen salesman, and like any super- hero film, has to keep his identity, abilities and tools a secret, which you know will be threatened for exposure as he grows closer to the family, wanting to take his relationship with Valletta’s Gillian to the next step, and working toward seeking acceptance from her children, only for a Russian criminal to escape and threaten the world’s oil reserve, and having to grapple with a mole within the CIA. Sounds complicated, but it actually isn’t, really, especially when the main villain (Magnus Scheving) spends a lot of his time trying to look trendy and fashionable.

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