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Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  21 December 1990 (USA)
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A tough cop is given his most difficult assignment ever: to masquerade as a kindergarten teacher in order to find a drug dealer.



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John Kimble is a tough city cop who's been on the trail of drug dealer Cullen Crisp for years. He finally tracks Crisp down but it seems the only person that can testify against him is his ex-wife. The problem is she's disappeared and all Kimble knows is the name of the school in Oregon where her son attends. When things don't quite go to plan, Kimble finds he has to go undercover on his toughest assignment yet - Kindergarten teacher! Written by Col Needham <>

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An undercover cop in a class by himself. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime


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21 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Un detective en el kinder  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)


$91,457,688 (USA)

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Handcuffing a witness to a corpse is against departmental regulations for every police force in the United States and socially considered poor manners at best. See more »


(at around 20 mins) Kimble and O'Hara pull over to the side of the road because O'Hara is ill. On her way back to the car, she trips over a log. There was no log there just moments before. See more »


Detective John Kimble: I really appreciate your honesty. You happen to know someone that is not better than me?
Dominic: I don't know that many people.
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Referenced in Showtime (2002) See more »


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Music by Andy Shernoff
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A Good Mix Of Humor & Action, But Unrealistic Look At Family
12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's an odd combination of humor, kids' cuteness, violence and suspense. The beginning, and the last third of the film provide the violence. In between is a nice story of a tough-guy cop becoming a loved and respected kindergarten teacher.

The cuteness comes with the kids, who are nice and funny and with Penelope Miller's character. Miller sports wholesome looks and, except for the end when things get tense, a clean mouth.

The star of the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger, shows a good flair for comedy as the tough guy-softie. This might be Arnold's most likable role. It was interesting to see Carroll Baker again, an actress I hadn't seen since the 1960s. I'd like to have seen her smile, but she frowned throughout her minor role in here.

Storywise, this is typical Hollywood in that it depicts family life in a poor way. I know there are many single mothers out there today but in this movie - which is 17 years old - ALL of the kids in the class come from single homes except one, and that kid is being beaten up by this father! Excuse me - not one normal family out of 25?? Come on! Somebody should inform Hollywood there ARE happily married people in the United States....or at least outside the sick confines of Tinseltown.

Anyway, the positives outweigh the negatives in the film and the unique mix of humor and suspense make this interesting for the full 111 minutes.

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