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Four Join Chan's The Spy Next Door
Valletta, Lopez, Cyrus and Boecher

24 November 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Regular readers may know that the Empire glass is almost always half-full. But now and again a movie comes along that sounds so toe-curlingly awful that we try to banish it from our minds, in the hope that if we don’t mention it, Hollywood might forget to make it.

Sadly, that doesn’t work, and so here we are, informing you that George Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, Amber Valletta and Katherine Boecher – at least two of whom are very rich and don’t need the money – have signed on to appear alongside Jackie Chan and his incredible disappearing dignity in The Spy Next Door, an action comedy from hack extraordinaire, Brian Levant.

If you recall, the movie appears to be a cross between Home Alone and The Pacifier that sees Chan forced to protect his neighbour’s kids from nasty secret agents after one of them downloads a secret code off the internet.

Chan’s been on board for a while. As for the newcomers, Lopez will play a mysterious CIA agent, Cyrus will also play an achy breaky agent (sorry), Valletta will play the mother of the kids, and Boecher will play a Russian underworld operative.

Of course, there’s always the chance that we might be being too harsh on the movie – after all, it’s clearly intended to be a kids’ comedy, while Lopez, in particular, is a fine comic actor.

But Chan’s track record with English-language family comedies is execrable (as anyone who saw The Tuxedo will know), while the presence of Levant behind the camera is never a good sign. When Beethoven is the best film on a director’s CV, you know you’re in trouble…

Filming is currently taking place in Albuquerque.

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I loved Beethoven... when I was 8. I still feel a bit ashamed. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 18:01 on 24 November 2008 | Report This Post

wasn't Billy Ray the preacher's son?
Get rid of Levant and let Chan do it himself and it might become bareable. well.. .hope springs eternal. sad thing is, The Forbidden Kingdom showed that Chan's still easily got the moves to do much better stuff than this. I am surprised that Billy Ray isn't playing the son of a preacher man. but i do agree overall... it doesn't look good for Chan for this one. lets hope its just something for him to keep his hand in over in the US while he goes off to do something good in hong kong. More

Posted by Adrian at 15:15 on 24 November 2008 | Report This Post

The decline of Jackie Chan in his American films is very sad. While The Tuxedo is awful in all sorts of ways, it's far more entertaining than The Medallion. That has to be his lowest point. More

Posted by Najemikon at 11:44 on 24 November 2008 | Report This Post


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