Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Crime


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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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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop (1990)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pamela Reed in Kindergarten Cop (1990)

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5 March 2011 | TheLittleSongbird
8
| Wasn't expecting it to work, but it did...
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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Trivia

It is most likely Eleanor Crisp would have received the death penalty for overdosing a witness to death, accessory and attempted murder of a cop/teacher.


Quotes

Phoebe O'Hara: Not so tough without your car, are ya?


Goofs

From the beginning, it is established that Joyce=Rachel is so totally terrified of Crisp that all that she wants is to hide from him as much as possible. However, instead of doing the prudent thing, which would be to settle as far away from California as humanly possible, she is content with settling in Oregon, which is right next door to California. Astoria is actually quite some distance from Los Angeles. Driving from one place to another would take 16.5 hours. That would be further than say Boston, MAto Indianapolis., IN She likely went as far the limited money and personal connections she had would take her. If she had actually taken the money like Crisp had told everyone, she would have definitely gone to the other side of the country.


Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film, the opening credits are used with written straight-line colors


Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 19 secs by the BBFC for a 12 certificate with edits to footage of: a woman being slapped in the face, a head-butt, a man's head being hit against a car door, a baseball attack on a woman being reduced to one hit and the subsequent sight of the bat aimed at her midriff, and a reduction in gunshots (from 5 to 2). The cuts were fully restored in the 15 rated video release.


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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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Comedy | Crime

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