Spy Next Door Combo (Blu-ray)

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The Spy Next Door stars Jackie Chan as Bob Ho, an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian (Amber Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob's archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 214703592
UPC 031398120865
UPC 14 00031398120865
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/8/2013
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Families
Live-Action
Secret Agents
Spies
Spy
Teenage
Teenagers
Editors Note
Note Reminiscent of KINDERGARTEN COP, with a dash of SPY KIDS, THE SPY NEXT DOOR blends together an entertaining mixture of family fun and martial-arts comedy styling to form a familiar story that once again reminds us that even hardened action heroes have a soft side. Jackie Chan stars as Bob Ho, an international spy on loan to the CIA who gives up his job in hopes of leading a so-called normal life with his next-door-neighbor girlfriend and her rambunctious brood. There's nothing in SPY that the audience hasn't seen before from similarly themed incarnations (think THE PACIFIER), but, fans will appreciate director Brian Levant's homage to Jackie Chan's past Hong Kong movie blockbusters -- most notably, POLICE STORY and THE LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER -- during the opening credit sequence, which is fitting considering many of the action sequences are derivative of those films.^The main story centers on Bob's relationship with artsy single mom Gillian (Amber Valletta) and her three kids: precocious teenage stepdaughter Farren (Madeline Carroll), nerdy middle child Ian (Will Shadley), and adorably energetic Nora (Alina Foley). After an emergency sends Gillian away to Denver, Bob steps up and offers to watch the kids while she's gone. Ill-equipped to handle a situation that's clearly over his head, Bob utilizes his spy skills and gadgets -- video watch, GPS tracking, x-ray glasses -- to gain control over the situation in hopes of winning over the kid's affection, but when an old enemy escapes from prison and threatens his potential family, Bob must return to his 007 world of international espionage to protect them.^Admittedly, there's a certain level of cheese in this film, especially when it comes to the Boris-and-Natasha-style villains, Poldark (Magnús Scheving) and Creel (Katherine Boecher), whose silly Russian stereotyped performances and running joke about American fashion unabashedly border on cringe-worthy territory. Not to mention, the thinly plotted storyline involving brainiac Ian, who accidentally downloads a top-secret formula for oil-eating ooze created by the bad guys, which propels the main action of the film. Adding to the pile are the supporting cast members: George Lopez as the traitorous CIA agent, Glaze, and Billy Ray Cyrus as CIA agent and Bob's BFF Colton James, who lends folksy witticisms like "As gone as rum cake at an AA meeting."^Even so, Chan's charm wins out in the end, and THE SPY NEXT DOOR's most effective sequences involve Bob's attempts to bond with the kids -- from taking little Nora shopping for a Halloween costume to helping Ian with school bullies and girls. These comedic moments more or less overshadow an otherwise simplistic narrative, and the audience can't help but smile to themselves every time Chan appears onscreen. Die-hard fans might miss the era of classic kick-ass Hong Kong action films, but SPY manages to fill that void as an entertaining alternative that kids and parents alike will enjoy.
Actors
Billy Ray Cyrus
George Lopez
Jackie Chan
Amber Valletta
Cast & Crew
Billy Ray Cyrus - Star
George Lopez - Star
Jackie Chan - Star
Amber Valletta - Star
Madeline Carroll - Star
Katherine Boecher - Star
Will Shadley - Star
Maverick McWilliams - Co-Star
Quinn Mason - Co-Star
Alina Foley - Co-Star
Margaret Murphy - Co-Star
Frank Bond - Co-Star
Esodie Geiger - Co-Star
Stephen Eiland - Co-Star
David Mattey - Co-Star
Jeff Chase - Co-Star
Scott Workman - Co-Star
Mark Kubr - Co-Star
Troy R. Brenna - Co-Star
Tim Connolly - Co-Star
Arron Shiver - Co-Star
Lucas Till - Co-Star
Mia Stallard - Co-Star
Magnus Scheving - Co-Star
Randy Moore - Special Effects Supervisor
David Newman - Composer
George Parra - Assistant Director
Happy Walters - Music Director
Gregory Poirier - Screenwriter
Dustin Bernard - Production Manager/UPM
Carla Curry - Set Decorator
Bob Brown - Stunt Coordinator
Douglas Noe - Makeup
Payne, Michael - Sound
Season Kent - Music Director
Jonathan Bernstein - Screenwriter
Jonathan Bernstein - Story
Reel FX - Visual Effects Designer
Karen McDonald - Makeup Designer
Christopher Kulikowski - Post-Production Supervisor
Comen VFX - Optical/Digital Effects
Jim Greer - Screenwriter
Jim Greer - Story
Shannon A. Bouldin - Hairstylist
Herb DeWing - Hairstylist
Dean Cundey - Director of Photography
Brian Levant - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00031398120865
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 95 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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