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Jackie Chan's only movie aimed directly at kids, rather than families. It features Billy Ray Cyrus and George Lopez, Amber Valleta (as Gillian) from Gamer and The Transporter 2 and three kids. Thankfully, later in the same year (2010), Chan made The Karate Kid, a much better film.

It follows Bob Ho (Chan), a CIA agent who wishes to retire so that he could spend more time with his girlfriend, Gillian, who lives next door, and her three kids, Nora, Farren, and Ian. When Gillian goes away to visit her father in the hospital, Bob agrees to babysit the children. Hilarity Ensues. However, a terrorist plot threatens to put the entire family, and the world, in danger.

Tropes used in The Spy Next Door include:


  • Action Hero Babysitter
  • Actor Allusion: Scenes of other Jackie Chan films are shown at the start, and Jackie makes a reference to his real life career in which he states he was an orphan living with non-blood "brothers" who stuck up to each other. In truth, not an orphan but was left at an academy of opera by his parents for 10 years. Not to mention, at one brief scene a DVD copy of Rush Hour is seen.

  "He's as gone as the rum cake at an AA meeting!"

  Farren: "Okay, that's just wrong."

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