Today we’re talking about the 2010 movie The Spy Next Door.
The story is cute. Sort of a Uncle Buck meets Jackie Chan. It was just as formulaic as you can expect from a “fighting guy takes care of kids” type of movie.
You don’t watch this for the story.
Nerdy boy, angsty teen, and cute little kid. They all did well and their was some surprising depth in the characters. Although I did get annoyed at how young the 4 year old acted and was frustrated by the old trope of the Hispanic character being the mole.
Overall it was stilted and awkward. Some of it made me cringe.
However Jackie Chan was both adorable and hilarious.
Visual and Music
The fighting was top notch, the rest was okay.
The music wasn’t great and sometimes jarring.
This movie had Jackie Chan signing a lullaby and using stunts to get kids ready for school. It had him beating up a future MacGyver. It had heart, humour, and great action.
Fun for everyone.
The movie isn’t great cinema but it is a lot of fun and if you’re looking for a cute action movie, or if your child is currently in a spy obsession, this a great choice.
Overall Score: 2.5 Stars