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The Spy Next Door

The Spy Next DoorJackie Chan's instincts, to segue into family comedy as he ages out of his Golden Age of Extreme Stunts, are sound; it's this particular family comedy...The Spy Next DoorKids and Family, Action/AdventureJackie Chan's instincts, to segue into family comedy as he ages out of his Golden Age of Extreme Stunts, are sound; it's this particular family comedy...2010-01-15George Lopez
Jackie Chan, George Lopez, ... | COMPANY MEN George Lopez and Jackie Chan play government agents in The Spy Next Door

COMPANY MEN George Lopez and Jackie Chan play government agents in The Spy Next Door (Colleen Hayes)

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The Spy Next Door

Genre: Kids and Family, Action/Adventure; Starring: Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, George Lopez; Director: Brian Levant; Author: Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer, Gregory Poirier; Release Date Wide: 01/15/2010

Jackie Chan’s instincts, to segue into family comedy as he ages out of his Golden Age of Extreme Stunts, are sound; it’s this particular family comedy that’s lame. In The Spy Next Door, Chan plays Bob Ho, an undercover spy who masquerades as a dweeby pen salesman. Amber Valletta is Bob’s suburban neighbor and girlfriend, a single mother of three kids who give Bob a hard time. Save room for some tediously cartoonish Russian spies, George Lopez as a cartoonish CIA boss, a shaggy Billy Ray Cyrus as a fellow spook, and a lot of perfunctory kid shenanigans. Under the circumstances, some characteristically inventive Chan martial arts choreography involving household objects — fridge, frying pan, pet turtle — is gratefully appreciated. C-

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