Kindergarten Cop

December 21st, 1990


Kindergarten Cop

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A tough cop is given his most difficult assignment: masquerade as a a kindergarten teacher in order to find a drug dealer.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 5.8/10 (54,084 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Ivan Reitman

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed

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!

Writers: Murray Salem, Murray Salem

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Detective John Kimble
Penelope Ann Miller - Joyce Palmieri / Rachel Crisp
Pamela Reed - Detective Phoebe O'Hara
Linda Hunt - Miss Schlowski
Richard Tyson - Cullen Crisp, Sr.
Carroll Baker - Eleanor Crisp
Cathy Moriarty - Sylvester's Mother
Joseph Cousins - Dominic Palmieri / Cullen Crisp, Jr.
Christian Cousins - Dominic Palmieri / Cullen Crisp, Jr.
Park Overall - Samantha's Mother
Jayne Brook - Zach's Mother
Richard Portnow - Captain Salazar
Tom Kurlander - Danny
Alix Koromzay - Cindy
Betty Lou Henson - Keisha's Mother

Taglines: 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...

Release Date: 21 December 1990

Filming Locations: Astoria, Oregon, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $26,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $91,457,688 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Odette Annable's film debut; she was five years old.

Continuity: Phoebe's position after being hit by the car after the fire at the school.

Phoebe: Not so tough without your car, are yeah?

User Review

This movie should be so bad, and yet...


So I'm watching KINDERGARTEN COP in a bit of a stupor because the remote control is too far for me to reach when I suddenly realize something amazing: This movie is fantastic. In the calculus of Hollywood dreck, KINDERGARTEN COP doesn't add up. Take 1 muscle-bound action hero, a dozen too-cute kids and a plot so contrived it makes an episode of any television sit-com look downright plausible and you should have a mess fit only for release straight to video in Third World nations--do not pass "Go" (or your local metroplex) or collect $200. In fact, I would love to meet both the person who pitched this idea and the studio head who gave it the green light:

Pitchman: "Imagine MARY POPPINS without the namby-pamby animation and music and twice the butt-kicking! Oh, and instead of Dick Van Dyke faking a British accent we'll have Arnold Schwarzenegger faking intelligible dialog!" Studio Exec: "I love it! Here's umpteen million dollars to get it made!"

And the freakin' movie works! It really does. The script is filled with some great lines (My favorite, of course: "It's not a tumor!"), sweet characters and some low-key acting from the principles that keeps the story from becoming maudlin. This is one of maybe three movies I can think of that I would be comfortable watching with my parents, minor relatives or beer-drinking buddies. (Coincidentally, another one of the three is GHOSTBUSTERS, also an Ivan Reitman flick.) It has bloodless action, quotable lines and an ending that is satisfying. It just shouldn't exist. Maybe the fact that it does exist proves the William Goldman line about Hollywood: "Nobody knows nothing."

Take some advice from your Uncle Guy: If you're stuck with the kids or a date you don't know and you need to sit at home and watch a movie, put in KINDERGARTEN COP. You won't be disappointed, and you just might like it. And this advice comes from a big curmudgeon.


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