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The Spy Next Door

Bob Ho is an operative of the CIA as an undercover agent on loan from the Chinese Intelligence, who decides to retire after putting Russian terrorist Anton Poldark behind bars and marry his longtime girlfriend Gillian, who lives next door and has three children from previous relationships, Farren (a step-daughter), Ian and Nora. None of them know about his real job and think he works at a pen-importing company.[citation needed]

The Spy Next Door

Parents need to know that this Jackie Chan spy comedy is a moderately action-packed choice for families. Several sequences involve gun-toting Russian criminals, but aside from a character who gets some bruises, there's no bloodshed in the fight scenes. Since this is a family movie, the villains are often knocked out humorously with things like a slammed door or a dropped appliance. There's no iffy language besides insults like "idiot," "stupid," and so on (though even those words aren't exactly something you want your 8-year-olds saying to their friends...), and the "sexy" stuff is limited to a couple of tame kisses and hugs between Chan and Amber Valletta, as well as some slightly off-putting (but mild) flirting between an older teenage spy and a 13-year-old character and a few risque lines from a younger boy. Overall, this is an age-appropriate (if not particularly funny) option for families with tweens and up.

In the movie, Chan plays Bob, a nerdy pen salesman who lives next door to Gillian (Amber Valletta) and her three children, Farren (Madeline Carroll), Ian (Will Shadley) and Nora (Alina Foley). He and Gillian have been seeing one another for a while but the single mom is reluctant to pursue the relationship considering the fact not one of her children likes Bob.

This movie is a funny and rollicking good time! The family will enjoy this witty and action-packed movie. I wish Jackie Chan (the spy in the film) lived next door to me. He is the main source of fun in the film. Chan plays Bob Ho. His girlfriend Gillian (Amber Valletta) thinks he is a serious man who goes to work from nine to five every day. Her kids think he is boring. Little do they know about the double life this spy lives.

But "The Spy Next Door" seems to constrict Chan more than it frees him. The plot is simple: Chan plays Bob Ho, a CIA spy who's anxious to retire and settle down. Having reinvented himself as a bespectacled sweetie-pie, he's been dating his exceedingly attractive next-door neighbor Gillian (the appealing, low-key Amber Valletta) for several months, and he wants to marry her. The problem is that her three kids, bratty preteen Farren, smart-alecky computer-whiz Ian and pink-obsessed preschooler Nora (played, respectively, by Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley and Alina Foley), just don't like him. They know nothing of his groovy spy background and merely think he's robotic and dull. When Bob suddenly gets the chance to look after them for a few days, he jumps at the chance to win them over, not knowing that a bunch of Russian bad guys (led by Magnus Sheving) that he thought he'd thwarted have resurfaced to make his life h-e-double-toothpick.

But, of course, the stunts aren't the point here: Chan's strong suit now is his skill as a comic actor, and Levant and his writers don't know how to tap it. "The Spy Next Door" moves from one feeble gag to the next; it's barely 90 minutes long, but the story drags interminably. I couldn't wait for the outtakes typically included at the end of Chan's movies. They didn't disappoint, but they still seemed like a meager reward.

The story exploded onto the wires on December 30, 2009. A bomb had ripped through a U.S. military outpost in Afghanistan, and American civilians were among the dead. Within hours, it was updated: "Suicide Bomber Killed CIA Operatives," read the headline on the New York Times website. CIA Director Leon Panetta issued a solemn press release the next morning confirming that seven employees working at a remote base had been killed in the second deadliest attack on the agency in its history (after Beirut in 1983). Though no names were given, some victims' families and friends started posting memorials on Facebook, and soon confidential details began appearing in American and international papers and on the Web. By January 5, several of those killed had already been identified in the national press when The Daily Beast outed one more: 30-year-old Elizabeth Hanson.

After graduating in 2002, Hanson and Shippee shared a walk-up apartment in New York's Greenwich Village. Hanson loved getting cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. The two roommates hung out at Vbar, a wine bar owned by their neighbor, and once sat next to Elvis Costello at Nobu. But after about six months, Hanson "had had it with New York," according to Shippee. Hanson moved to California briefly, according to the family friend, and finally landed in Arlington, Virginia, where she likely began her CIA training in earnest. She lived with a boyfriend from college whose parents (also Colby alumni) both worked for the State Department.

Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) is an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbour 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.

However, when Bob takes Nora to go to the bathroom inside the restaurant, Larry is seen again sitting next to Farren at their table. Bob and Nora return to find him with the kids again and he even tells Nora a knock knock joke:

Ready to retire from his secret life, Bob has been dating an attractive next-door neighbor, Gillian (Amber Valletta), a single mom raising a trio of monsters. Bob wants to tell Gillian the truth about himself and marry her, but the time is never right for his confession.

It follows Bob Ho (Chan), a CIA agent who retires so that he can 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 plot by Russian spies looking for a stolen secret formula they believe Ho has threatens to put the entire family, and the world, in danger.

Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) is an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian. 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.

Ellam ended up as part of a top-secret force called the Special Operations Executive, whose mission was to thwart the Nazis behind enemy lines. After the war, he turned his sights back to sailing. His next big adventure involved a bright blue midget sailboat that he designed. Contrary to the way boats had been built - as heavy and strong as possible - Ellam and his friend, boat designer Colin Mudie, thought a light boat would lift over the top of the waves.

Patrick Ellam has been spending his days addressing letters to colleges across the country, so he can market his abbreviated dictionary. He's got to sell some books - a lot of books, actually - to fund his next big adventure, which sits in the front yard, shielded by a blue plastic tarp and a partial wooden fence. He isn't done exploring yet.

A family action comedy, 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.

Synopsis: Single mom Gillian (Amber Valletta) is raising three kids and falling for the quiet, shy and steady guy next door, not realizing that Bob Ho (Jackie Chan) is actually an international super spy. 041b061a72


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