Kindergarten Cop

Kindergarten Cop
Kindergarten Cop
  • PG-13
  • 1h 51m
  • 1990
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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as an undercover cop posing as a kindergarten teacher in order to catch a dangerous criminal. Once he wrangles his young charges, as well as the affections of a beautiful teacher (Penelope Ann Miller), he prepares for a final showdown with his intended prey in this "Totally enjoyable" (Ralph Novak, People Magazine) action-comedy from director Ivan Reitman.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Variety
Variety Staff
Rotten

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

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
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If Reitman's film gets closer than most to covering the bases, there remain huge gaps in plausibil...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Caryn James
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In Kindergarten Cop, he plays off the Schwarzenegger image more gleefully and successfully than ev...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Terminator meets Mother Goose; lots of violence, profanity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kindergarten Cop is a hybrid of slapstick comedy, character comedy, and the story of a violent, obsessed killer on the loose. Scenes of adorable little kids connecting with their unusually muscle-bound new teacher and his pet ferret are framed by gunfire and suspense and culminate in scenes with children in danger. Action includes (spoiler alerts): point-blank killings, a father holding his son hostage with a gun to his head, a little boy precariously hanging from a tower, and gunfire in a school. Numerous fistfights, head bashings, and a car purposefully hitting a lead character are among other violent sequences. The film is peppered with salty language, including "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "s--t," "ass," "penis" "vagina," and more. Several of the kindergarten kids are children of divorce; some of their stories may be unsettling to sensitive viewers. A bizarre relationship between the killer and his mother (with sexual overtones), a warm kiss between lovers, and a silly scene in which a couple having sex are interrupted account for the sexual content. Drugs are referenced; the villain is a narcotics dealer, and we see a motley assortment of his young people who appear to be under the influence. It's an unusual hybrid, but it works, so long as the kids who watch it are old enough to emotionally fuse the fun and the shoot-'em-up elements.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:December 21, 1990
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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