The Spy Next Door (2010) – USA

[NeoFilmShop.com] The Spy Next Door (2010) – USA

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The linage of action heroes dabbling with the kids genre is nothing new. Schwarzenegger, The Rock and Stallone understand all too well the comic elements of it. Jackie Chan with a strong market for kids with his own Cartoon Network and line of merchandise. The Spy Next Door is probably funny enough for kids, but not quite satisfying the adult element of his fans. Chan as always display good on-screen charisma and his physical comedy is up there with Buster Keaton. Despite not doing the type of stunts he used to do, Chan is still faster than most. Looking at his recent output of films in the veins of Kung Fu Yoga and Railway Tigers, this film is way more fun. The premise and script are mostly forgettable, but it is Chan interactions with the kids that ends up winning the formula. Amber Valletta shows up as Chan’s love interest and single mother of three and lacks significant screen-time. All in all, this is a mindless fun affair that allows Chan to do his toned down tricks and the kids to have some fun along the way.

I rated it 3/5

Reviewed by Andrew Chan

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