The Spy Next Door (2010) English Movie Review

The Spy Next Door 2010
The Spy Next Door 2010

The Spy Next Door is a family drama with action and comedy elements. The film is directed by Brian Levant with Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley, Alina Foley, Magnus Scheving, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez, Lucas Till in lead roles. Read the review at Calcutta Tube.


  • Spying is easy, babysitting is hard.
  • Part spy, part babysitter, all hero.

Action star Jackie Chan plays the role of a spy named Bob, who falls in love with his next door neighbor Gillian (Amber Valletta) with three children Farren (Madeline Carroll), Ian (Will Shadley), Nora (Alina Foley). They are all normal people and have their own set of problems. Fareen a typical teenager who is difficult to get along with. She is not Gillian’s own child, and every now and then tells Gillian how much she hates this family. She also calls Gillian by her name. Ian is a usual school kid who would go to any extent to be called cool. Nora is sweet litlle kid, very girly, does nothing all day since she is only four, and loves pink. The family also have three pets – a cat, a turtle and a pig. Anyone who takes Gillian has to take the kids and her pets. She is a sweet lady who does not distinguish between her own kids and Farren, no matter how mad she gets at her stepmom.
Gillian thinks that she has at last found a decent normal man in Bob; a man of good values and honesty who she can marry. The two older kids are not much in accord with it. Gillian tells them that her happiness counts too.
Bob has not yet got a chance to tell her about his true identity. In the meantime, he is trying hard to win the love of her kids. Last time Bob wanted to tell Gillian about his job, he got an urgent phone call and had to leave on a secret mission. With Colton James (Billy Ray Cyrus), Bob had to set off to catch a few evil doers. After accomplishing the mission, they declared his retirement to lead a normal life.
Gillian has to leave for a family emergency and Bob offers to take care of her family. It is Halloween season and there are so many things to take care of! The kids go to Bob’s house to fetch him. While Bob gets ready, Ian downloads some important files on Bob’s computer. The young had to idea of what he was doing. Things start very hectic and crazy for Bob, but he takes hold of things in a couple of days. He takes the kids to school, buy Nora her halloween costumes, make them breakfast, sings Chinese lullaby. He has always been closer to Nora, but now Ian starts liking him. Ian is a perfect geek who is always running after things that would make him look cool. Bob gives him tips to impress the girls! Bob also tries to get friendly to Farren. He finds out her favorite nook, listens to her problems. He tells her what family is – it is not important wholse blood you carry, but who you love.
Poldark (Magnus Scheving), the villain Bob caught in his last expedition, now has broken prison. He tracks Bob’s computer where the files have been downloaded and is after him. With his accomplices, Poldark comes to Bob’s place. Bob fights them with usual proficiency. At a restaurant, Bob, with the kids, gets attacked by a Russian spy who has tried to impress Farren as a cool college guy. Bob fights him off again but this time has to admit to the kids about his true identity. Bob also discovers that Glaze, his co-worker is a traitor and is after him for those same files.
Gillian gets furious at Bob when she comes to know about all this from Farren. She flies back right to town and breaks up. But things again take a hectic turn. Ian, trying to be cool once again, runs away from home and goes to Bob. Farren follows him, and the all three of them once again end up in a mess where Ian confesses downloading the file. He did that to look cool, is his justification! When the antagonists rush to get the files, Bob escapes with the kids. They need to take hold of the stuff before their opponents do. It is Halloween and people are streaming in everywhere with costumes on. They all reach Gillian’s place and the whole family fights the enemies off. Finally, Colton comes in and take over the villiains.
When Bob is ready to leave, Farren tells Gillian that there would be no man better than Bob. Even she adresses her as ‘mom’. Ian tells Bob how much he is going to miss him, and lastly Nora tells her mom that she wants Bob to be her daddy. Gillian makes it up with ‘the spy next door’. At the wedding when the priest asks for Gillian’s consent to take Bob as her lawfully wedded husband, he tells her that it is not even his real name! And yet she does take him.

A good watchable story for the whole family. Though the film has got mixed reactions for different sections of audience, it is no doubt a good and funny watch. The film may be an anticipated one, but that does not make it a bad one. The dialogues are funny, and the cast is wonderful. And Jackie Chan is wonderful as always. It is one of those few roles where he acts as a family man, a lover seeking the love of his favorite woman. He is something more than an action hero in this film.
Amber Valletta is gorgeous, though she is not present in a whole lot of scenes.
The kids are wonderful, and very much identifiable with the kids of their ages. The do funny things, be difficult and are extremely cute.
The villains in the movie are funny with their Russian accents and fashion sense.
If you are not extremely desperate to explore something really unique or new, ‘The Spy Next Door’ should be a good movie to enjoy!

Movie Details:

Directed by
Brian Levant

Writers (WGA)
Jonathan Bernstein & James Greer and
Gregory Poirier
Jonathan Bernstein & James Greer

Ryan Kavanaugh … executive producer
George Parra … executive producer
Ira Shuman … executive producer
Robert Simonds … producer
Solon So … executive producer
Tucker Tooley … executive producer

Cast – in credits order
Jackie Chan … Bob Ho
Amber Valletta … Gillian
Madeline Carroll … Farren
Will Shadley … Ian
Alina Foley … Nora
Magnús Scheving … Poldark
Billy Ray Cyrus … Colton James
George Lopez … Glaze
Katherine Boecher … Creel
Mia Stallard … Cute Girl
Maverick McWilliams … Chad
Quinn Mason … Carl
Margaret Murphy … Mom
Esodie Geiger … Principal
Arron Shiver … Scientist
Lucas Till … Larry
Richard Christie … Judge
Kayleigh Burgess … Cute Gymnast
Stacey Johnson … Princess’ Mom
Frank Bond … Waiter
Stephen Eiland … Taxi Driver
Tim Connolly … Russian Thug
Troy Brenna … Russian Thug
Jeff Chase … Russian Thug
Mark Kubr … Russian Thug
David Mattey … Russian Thug
Scott Workman … Russian Thug

Original Music
David Newman

Dean Cundey

Lawrence Jordan

Production Designers
Stephen J. Lineweaver

Art Directors
Bryce Perrin

Set Decorators
Carla Curry

Costume Designers
Lisa Jensen

Make Up Department
Jane Galli … makeup department head
Karen McDonald … key makeup artist
Douglas Noe … personal makeup artist: Jackie Chan
Deidre Parness … makeup artist

Production Managers
Dustin Bernard … production manager
Ken Halsband … executive in charge of production
Christopher Kulikowski … post production supervisor

Second Unit Directors or Assistant Directors
Scott August … second assistant director
Bill Delaney … key second assistant director: second unit
Eric Glasser … second second assistant director
Jai James … additional second assistant director
George Parra … first assistant director
Keith Potter … first assistant director: second unit

Art Department
David D. Baumann … assistant property master
Lou Boggs … construction foreman
Tony Bonaventura … property master
Doug Butts … propmaker foreman
Paula Dal Santo … set designer
John Gibson … greensman
Paul Harman … signs/murals
Dale Lotreck … set dresser
Amahl Lovato … set designer
JoAnna Maes-Corlew … graphic designer
Christopher Martin … key greens
Gary Petersen … propmaker
Phil Shirey … leadman
Juan Souter … set dresser
David Thompson … set dresser
Lawrence Tolle … props
Thomas Traugott … set dresser
Gina Zaritsky … graphic artist
Colin Zaug … on-set dresser
Ben Zeller … construction coordinator
Carl Zeller … general foreman
Evelyn Zeller … construction buyer

Sound Department
Steve Bartkowicz … sound re-recording engineer
Onnalee Blank … sound re-recording mixer
Andy D’Addario … sound re-recording mixer
James Moriana … foley artist
David Stanke … first assistant sound editor
Miles J.D. Vedder … boom operator
Brett Voss … foley mixer
Jeffrey Wilhoit … foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit … supervising sound editor
John A. Willingham … sound technician

Special Effects Department
Daniel Holt … special effects technician
Margaret Johnson … special effects foreman
Randy E. Moore … special effects coordinator
Renee Moore … special effects technician
Mike Prawitz … special effects technician

Visual Effects Department
Peter Allendale … digital compositor: Comen VFX
Tim Archer … post supervisor: Reel FX
Kenneth Armstrong … digital compositor: Comen VFX
Jasper M. Baltzersen … roto and paint artist: Radium/Reel FX
Tim Carras … visual effects supervisor: Comen VFX
Joe Censolano … roto and paint artist: Radium/Reel FX
Joshua D. Comen … visual effects producer: Comen VFX
Christine Cram … digital paint artist
Scott Dougherty … visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
Eric Ehemann … digital artist
Martin Hall … compositor: FuriousFX
Elizabeth Hauser … lighting lead
John Kearns … restoration artist
Raymond C. King … visual effects artist
David Lingenfelser … executive visual effects supervisor: Furious Fx
Landon Medeiros … compositor: Furious FX
Holly Rayman … controller: Comen VFX
Augusto Schillaci … visual effects supervisor
Wilson Tang … digital restoration
Michael A. Wallace … matchmoving artist: Reel FX
Jeffrey Louie … senior post production engineer (uncredited)

Paul Andreovski … stunts
Chris Brewster … stunt double
Chris Brewster … stunts
Bob Brown … stunt coordinator
Bobby Burns … stunts
Burly Cain … stunts
Trine Christensen … stunts
Jennifer Cobb … stunt double
Tim Connolly … stunt performer
Jon H. Epstein … stunt coordinator: second unit
Eddie J. Fernandez … stunt double: George Lopez
Michelle Greathouse … utility stunts
Han Guan Hua … stunt double: Jackie Chan
Luca Ispirescu … stunts
Shawn Kautz … stunts
Mark Kubr … stunts
Don Lee … utility stunts
David Mattey … stunts
Vanessa Motta … utility stunts
Hyun Jin Park … stunt double: Jackie Chan
Jeff Podgurski … utility stunts
Tim Sitarz … stunt performer
Shelby Swatek … stunt performer
Lee Whittaker … stunt double
Thom Williams … stunt performer
Scott Workman … stunts
Gang Wu … stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abeyta … lighting technician
Chip Byrd … first assistant camera: “b” camera
Allen Eaves … lighting technician
Will Emery … camera loader
Tyler Fletcher … vtr operator
Raphael Freud … rigging technician
Colleen E. Hayes … still photographer
Juergen Heinemann … grip
Casey Hotchkiss … camera operator
David R. Kohn … best boy electric
David R. Kohn … gaffer: 2nd Unit
Bret Latter … additional film loader
Charlie Newberry … second assistant camera
Michael Orefice … gaffer
Jessica Ramos … second assistant camera: “b” camera
Mark Sheets … key rigging grip
Ralph Watson … b camera / steadicam operator
Peter Weidenfeller … dolly grip
Sterling Wiggins … second assistant camera
Sandy Williams … key grip

Animation Department
Eric Drobile … animator
Bryan Engram … animation director

Casting Department
Tina Kerr … extras casting director
Marie A. Kohl … casting associate
Karin Aragon … extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Sandrin … costume supervisor
Cherlyn Schaefer … set costumer
Cassidy Zachary … key costumer

Editorial Department
Bruce Lomet … digital intermediate producer
Dylan Quirt … first assistant editor
Pascal Vaguelsy … post-production coordinator
Darin Wooldridge … additional digital colorist: Technicolor

Music Department
Marty Frasu … scoring sound supervisor
J.J. George … music editor
Season Kent … music supervisor
Tony Mandracchia … musician
Robert Puff … music librarian
Happy Walters … music supervisor

Transportation Department
Catherine Adrian … driver
Daniel Davis … transportation captain
Larry Shephard … transportation coordinator
Harold L. Woods … driver generator operator

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2 thoughts on “The Spy Next Door (2010) English Movie Review

  1. hey guys i love the spy next door it so rocks i especialy love the part were larry (lucas till) and bob ho (jackie chan) get into a fight and my other favorite part is when farren (madeline carroll) drops a tv on larry’s (lucas till) head. it is so funny you can rent it for a day or two (2)at the red box.

  2. and if you love or like action and spy and climinal movies that are pg or g then the spy next door is perfect for you.

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