Jackie Chan as the Spy Next Door is really like a funny statement to begin with and you know, there will be lot of goof-ups, some funny scenes and some serious beating up of baddies. Leave your brains at home and laugh yourself aloud in a movie which belongs to the genre, which is almost owned by Jackie Chan. For some, it could be juvenile or meaningless, but if you are not judgemental, you are likely to enjoy the movie.
Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) is a spy on loan from Chinese Intelligence to CIA, who is not interested in spying any more and wants to settle down with his beautiful single mom neighbour Gillian (Amber Valletta). However in order to marry Gillian, Ho must befriend her 3 kids: Farren, Ian and Nora, a task no easier than international spying or capturing terrorists. When he gets an opportunity to spend some time with the kids, as Gillian has to travel, he accepts the same with the hope of getting them to like him. It's not long before he manages to get them all on their side. And once, domestic issues are resolved, there are more important issues to handle for Ho. A Russian terrorist Poldark (Mangus Scheving) whom he had earlier captured has escaped and has a dangerous bacteria formulation in hand, which can destroy all oil reserves, causing havoc to the world economy. Well, of course it sounds crazy, but I did ask you to leave your brains at home, right? The formula lands up at his place and the terrorists want to get it from there.
A movie meant for kids and all those who love some serious baddy bashing with innovative available-at-home, ready-to-use weapons. Beware as innocent objects like a bicycle, chairs, lamps, pots, pans and dishes all are can be deadly weapons in combat! Of course, the movie has usual stunts with the hero fighting bad guys with a kid clinging to him in a precarious position is well repeated. And, as usual the real bad guy is surrounded by some stupid losers, who are outwitted by kids, living the ultimate dream of making them all look like fools!
Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley and Alina Foley as the kids do their role. Also, Amber Valletta brings warmth and good humor to her role as the hassled mother, who is also no less a spy in her role. Watch out for a medley of cuts from Jackie Chan movies like Rush Hour, New Police Story, The Accidental Spy, Mr. Nice Guy, Supercop and a few more in the opening to show his spying exploits around the world. You know the movie entirely rests on Jackie's shoulders who entertains with humor through acting and action.
The movie is a good watch for kids in 7-15 and all those, who have crossed that age, but miss the movies kind. It may remind you of The Nanny or The Pacifier, but how does it matter? This is Jackie Chan version.
P.S. Will our desi khiladi try a similar movie now?