Kindergarten Cop

1990

Kindergarten Cop

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Arnold Schwarzenegger substitutes his action brio with some refreshingly adept comedic timing, but Kindergarten Cop is too grim for children and too cloying for adults.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger sheds his action image in Ivan Reitman's police comedy Kindergarten Cop, where he plays an undercover cop teaching a class of hyperactive six-year-olds. As the film begins, John Kimble (Schwarzenegger) and his partner Phoebe O'Hara (Pamela Reed) are in pursuit of notorious drug dealer Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson) and his scabrous mother Eleanor (Carroll Baker). John learns Cullen is searching for his ex-wife and his little boy, and Kimble plans to nail them when they find the former wife, who is believed to have $3 million of Cullen's drug profits. John and Phoebe follow the trail to Astoria, Oregon, where they believe Cullen's son is attending kindergarten. Although the child and his mother have changed names, John hopes they can pick up some clues. By coincidence, Phoebe used to be a schoolteacher and the school board permits her teach the kindergarten class, but Phoebe gets food poisoning and John is forced to teach the six-year-old whippersnappers himself. Along with lighthearted gags with the kids and the pursuit of the drug dealers, John has time for a little romance when he falls in love with one of the teachers (Penelope Ann Miller), who ends up surprising him with more than love. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast

Penelope Ann Miller
as Joyce Palmieri/Rachel Crisp
Pamela Reed
as Phoebe O'Hara
Linda Hunt
as Schlowski
Richard Tyson
as Cullen Crisp
Carroll Baker
as Eleanor Crisp
Cathy Moriarty
as Sylvester's Mother
Park Overall
as Samantha's Mother
Jayne Brook
as Zach's Mother
Richard Portnow
as Capt. Salazar
Betty Lou Henson
as Keisha's Mother
Heidi Swedberg
as Joshua's Mother
Marissa Rosen
as Samantha
Ben Diskin
as Sylvester
Medha Garg
as Latiana
Brian Wagner
as William
Jim Jim Jackson
as Sedgewinn
Amy Wald
as Sarah
James Chance
as Matthew
Tina Hart
as Dorothy
Haley Urman
as Courtney
Peter Mark Vasquez
as Street Tough
Stephen Root
as Sheriff
Leo Lee
as Street Tough
Molly Cleator
as Schlowski's Assistant
Gary Hollis
as Superintendent Rice
Susan Burns
as Waitress
Tom Dugan
as Crisp's Lawyer
Roma
as Manicurist
Jason Stuart
as Male Hairstylist
John Hammil
as Zach's Father
Kim Delgado
as Mall Guard #1
Ray Glanzmann
as Mall Guard #2
Rick Jones
as Samantha's Father
Ed Crick
as Mall Guard #3
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Critic Reviews for Kindergarten Cop

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (18)

  • A mish-mash of violence, psycho-drama and lukewarm kiddie comedy.

    Sep 26, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • If Reitman's film gets closer than most to covering the bases, there remain huge gaps in plausibility and a romantic subplot any ten-year-old could tell you is just plain icky.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • In Kindergarten Cop, he plays off the Schwarzenegger image more gleefully and successfully than ever before.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • [Director Reitman's] got a way with kids, and found a remarkable ensemble of 30 antic urchins to work with, cashing in on kindergarten's comic terrain and the blurted brutal honesty of the kids.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • hough Schwarzenegger remains to acting what ham hocks are to a cheese course, he manages against all odds to be appealing as the Austrian au pair. Think of it as To Conan With Love.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Kindergarten Cop is made up out of parts that shouldn't fit, but somehow they do, making a slick entertainment out of the improbable, the impossible, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kindergarten Cop

  • May 01, 2016
    A classic Arnie movie that still stands up today.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2015
    It's honestly not as silly as I remember it being. There's nothing that stands out as particularly great about Kindergarten Cop. But overall it's very watchable and even manages to wield a certain 80's-type charm you just don't find any more.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2012
    It's not a tumor...it's Kindergarten Cop. Schwarzenegger takes on comedy in this family film about a cop that goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher in order to catch a criminal. Director Ivan Reitman has crafted a smart and fun comedy that uses Schwarzenegger quite effectively. And, Schwarzenegger himself gives a pretty good performance. However, there are several weak performances as well, especially the villain; who's a bad one dimensional stereotype. Still, Kindergarten Cop delivers some laughs and is a fun comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2012
    I almost forgot this movie altogether! I watched it (third time) after so many years on one of the Chinese cable networks in Xi'An and I have to admit - I enjoyed it again! I really don't know why I liked Schwarzenegger as an actor in his younger days, but somehow he knew which roles to accept and which to avoid! And this one was one of the well chosen ones! Odd story, but very well done - not too much build up, just enough for a successful action flick with cute kids and situations cute kids can bring you in. But, of course, don't expect something which will blow your mind. It's a well made movie for the whole family you could enjoy watching just after a Sunday lunch or dinner... you'll forget it in few days and next time you see it on TV you'll watch it again and commenting how those kids actors are grown up - and even then they were good in their roles as they are now as grown ups! Except Schwarzenegger...  he's not better acting as a politician!
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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