What happens when Mr. Nanny meets The Pacifier meets Jackie Chan? A generic and forgettable action-comedy, that’s what. The 55-year-old Chan is back to his family-friendly martial arts ways in Brian Levant’s The Spy Next Door, starring alongside George Lopez and Billy Ray Cyrus. Jackie Chan, whose character’s name is ominously missing from press reports and IMDB, is torn between fighting off secret agents and babysitting his neighbor’s children.
Levant has brought us such gems as Are We There Yet?, Snow Dogs, Jingle All the Way, and The Flintstones—to just name a few. While the director and actor seem like a perfect fit—a healthy dose of fun for the whole family mixed with an overdose of the unfunny—I still can’t help but be disappointed by Chan’s recent filmography. I’d love to see the man pull a Mickey Rourke instead, and break out with some fantastic and unique performances in his mid-fifties. Although Chan has recently played against type in the two foreign releases New Police Story and Rob-B-Hood, he still hasn’t done much to break the martial arts mold. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I’d really like to see how far the man’s acting chops can go. There has to be a role floating out there somewhere where he’d fit in perfectly. But, what are you going to do? Apparently Jackie Chan likes it right where he is.
Check out the first trailer for The Spy Next Door below.
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