The Spy Next Door | 2010 | Jackie Chan Amber Valletta

Brian Levant (Jingle All the Way) directs martial arts icon Jackie Chan in this family-friendly action-comedy about a secret agent pitted against both the Russian mafia and the three children of the single mother he’s fallen for. Artsy Gillian (Amber Valletta) leaves ‘Bob Ho’ (Chan) in charge of the kids for the weekend, and he uses his espionage skills to try to get to grips with the brood – who cover the traditional bases of bolshie, brainy and adorable – while Poldark (Magnús Scheving) and Creel (Katherine Boecher) are the villains in a subplot involving a misappropriated chemical formula. Levant includes homages to some of Chan’s landmark movies, and the alpha male who’s a fish out of water when dealing with kids is a good fit for Chan’s likeable screen persona.

Jackie Chan as Bob Ho
Amber Valletta as Gillian
Madeline Carroll as Farren
Will Shadley as Ian
Alina Foley as Nora
Magnús Scheving as Anton Poldark
Billy Ray Cyrus as Colton James
George Lopez as Glaze
Katherine Boecher as Creel
Lucas Till as Larry
Mia Stallard as Cute Girl
Maverick McWilliams as Chad
Quinn Mason as Carl
Margaret Murphy as Mom
Esodie Geiger as Principal
Arron Shiver as Scientist
Director: Brian Levant
USA | 94 minutes | 2010