Kindergarten Cop

  • 15
  • Ivan Reitman (1990)
  • US
  • 106 min
Kindergarten Cop
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Action comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as tough Los Angeles cop John Kimble, who's facing the greatest challenge of his career - going under cover as a kindergarten teacher to track down the family of a vicious mobster.

Cast and crew


Detective John Kimble
Arnold Schwarzenegger
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


Ivan Reitman

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15