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Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 21 December 1990 (USA)
A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.

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Storyline

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 <col@imdb.com>

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He's the toughest undercover cop in LA. If you're bad he'll know it. If you're hiding something he'll find out. If you cheat he can tell. Now... See more »

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Comedy

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21 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un detective en el kinder  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$91,457,688 (USA)
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Trivia

Arnold Schwarzenegger claimed that when he first started working with the kids he "was sweating. I felt like the character in the movie." See more »

Goofs

When the firemen start escorting the students across the road after the fire, the fire chief's Caprice has its trunk open. In the next shot, when Phoebe runs to the entrance, the trunk is closed. See more »

Quotes

Miss Schlowski: What did it feel like to hit that son of a bitch?
Detective John Kimble: It felt great.
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Referenced in Raising Hope: Lord of the Ring (2013) See more »

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La Manito
Music by Kinito Méndez
Performed by Alfonso 'Pochy' Vasquez y su Cocoband (as Pochi y su Cocoband)
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Wasn't expecting it to work, but it did...
5 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Kindergarten Cop was a surprisingly good film. I was not expecting it to work, and it worked so much better than I expected it to. Kindergarten Cop is a little overlong and the villains are perhaps a little too pantomime. However, the film does look lovely, and the score and soundtrack gives it its heart-warming sentiment.

The script also worked. It was funny, it was poignant and it was well-meaning, while there is also a heart-warming story, good direction and pacing and the action while sometimes intense is well-handled.

I was very surprised by the acting. Kindergarten Cop is not Arnold Schwarznegger's best film, but it does show that he can do comedy, and here he does do it well. He is suitably low-key and avoids being wooden as well. Penelope Ann Miller gives good support as well, and the chemistry between the two is convincing without taking over the film too much. The characters could have easily been stereotypical and unlikeable, but they aren't, instead they have a certain warmth to them, and this is including the kids.

Overall, not a comedy classic, but it works far better than it should have done. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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