Directed by Adam Shankman, starring Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Faith Ford, Brittany Snow, Max Thieriot, Chris Potter, Carol Kane, Brad Garrett, Morgan York, Kegan Hoover, Logan Hoover, Bo Vink, Luke Vink and Tate Donovan.
Think mindless mid-summer entertainment for the kids during their holidays, think cheesy, annoyingly predictable jokes and lots of happy-ever-after and you're on the right track. Problem is, we've all seen this film once too often.
Navy SEAL Shane Wolf (Diesel) has made a big mistake and now he must pay for his carelessness. While guarding scientist Howard Plummer (Donovan) he takes his eye off the ball momentarily and Howard is killed, leaving behind a grieving widow and five children. Drama-wise those first five minutes are the high-point of the film.
For his slip-up, Shane must make amends and is sent to guard Howard's family against possible attacks from enemies intent on finding the top-secret experiment that he was working on before his death. But while he's every inch the muscle man protector, Shane doesn't quite see himself as the babysitting type and the Plummer children are not about to make things easy for him. So when their mother Julie (Ford) heads off to Switzerland to take charge of the contents of her husband's secret safe there, all hell is about to break loose!
There are the two teenage trouble-makers, Zoe (Snow) and Seth (Thieriot), the baby Tyler (Bo and Luke Vink), the toddler Peter (Kegan and Logan Hoover) and the cute one in the middle Lulu (York) - all intent on making Shane's life as difficult as possible, during his stay as live-in minder. Add to the mix the nanny from hell, who has very little English and absolutely no personality, and you've already got a house of horrors. But just in case the drama of it all hasn't gripped you yet, then there are also ninja fighters, lots of martial arts, Girl Guides antics and even a sprinkling of romance to look forward to.
Vin Diesel only manages to inject mild humour into the character of Shane. Very young children might squeeze a laugh out of the stupidity of the gags, but only the under-10s. There's nothing new here - a slightly more modern 'Kindergarten Cop' maybe, but with the nice accent replaced by a monotonous drone from Diesel.