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Kindergarten Cop

Kindergarten Cop

Ivan Reitman (1990)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This undemanding picture proves that Arnold Schwarzenegger can do comedy, providing he doesn't try too hard. He plays the cop forced to teach toddlers while searching for a crook's ex-wife and son in the hope that her testimony will put him away. Arnie is actually at his best jousting with the little tykes, while the romance with Penelope Ann Miller is less convincing, but not overly intrusive. Surprisingly few of the kids went on to become major child stars, though director Ivan Reitman found a minor part for his teenage son, Jason, who went on to direct Juno. Richard Tyson and Carroll Baker make almost pantomime baddies, but this isn't really a children's film and parents should keep the channel-changer handy for the more violent bits.


A tough detective is forced to pose as a preschool teacher in a bid to capture a drug dealer whose son is one of the pupils. However, his biggest challenge turns out to be controlling a class full of five-year-olds. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Linda Hunt, Pamela Reed and Richard Tyson.

Cast & Crew

Detective John Kimble Arnold Schwarzenegger
Joyce Penelope Ann Miller
Phoebe O'Hara Pamela Reed
Miss Scholwski Linda Hunt
Cullen Crisp Richard Tyson
Eleanor Crisp Carroll Baker
Sylvester's mother Cathy Moriarty
Samantha's mother Park Overall
Zach's Mother Jayne Brook
Director Ivan Reitman
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK) Guidance: May be edited for language and violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy Childrens Drama

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