In fact, the only quasi-redemptive aspect about The Spy Next Door is that Bob has no trouble stepping up to the proverbial plate and being a respectable family guy. No matter how hideous these kids act, he's there for him and wisely steps in when they're out of line. But aside from that, cheap stunts like a TV being dropped on a man's head or a bicycle hitting a man's groin aren't ultimately worth the price of admission, let alone an hour and a half of your family's time.
 
CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  None.
  • Language/Profanity:  No actual profanities, just one use of "freaking." Then in the outtakes, bad language is bleeped out.
  • Sex/Nudity:  None, although 10-year-old Ian (Will Shadley) brags how he watched pay-per-view porn in high definition and how that made him feel like he was at the Playboy Mansion. In another scene, he hits on a teen girl rather suggestively and is reprimanded by Bob later.
  • Violence:  Being a Jackie Chan movie, kung fu techniques come with the territory. And there are quite a few body slams, high kicks and blows to the head, mostly meant for comedic effect. There are also action scenes that involve a choreographed knife and sword fight, not to mention explosives and gunfire. In one scene, a man's groin is hit by a bicycle, and a flame thrower catapults a man out a window.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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