Kindergarten cop movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This film is just Arnold Schwarzenegger being a cop and a kindergarten teacher whilst dealing with crime. Overall, this entertaining comedy with guns, swears and laughs will appeal to young teens.


Detective John Kimble is assigned the task of temporarily posing as a kindergarten teacher in order to track down a criminal whose after his ex-wife and kid.

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Movie details

Director: Ivan Reitman
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt, Richard Tyson, Carroll Baker, Christian Cousins
Writer: Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris
Release Date (Australia): 3 January 1991
Runtime: 111 minutes/1h 51m
Genre: Comedy, Action, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish


Themes (M)

The film features thematic material relating to criminal activity, child abuse, drug dealing and murder. A child is held hostage at gunpoint and a man sets a school building on fire.

Violence (M)

The film contains depictions of people being punched and shot, sometimes accompanied by depictions of blood detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains uses of words including “s**t”, “ass”, “bastards”, “goddamn” and “son of a bitch”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains multiple references to drugs and drug dealing.

Sex (PG)

The film features mild verbal sexual references a scene in which a man interrupts an implicitly nude couple engaging in sexual activity.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the same man originally known as the Terminator and the Predator killer, is a detective-cop who undergoes being a kindergarten teacher for a surprisingly undervalued blast of crime, comedy and action. This is the kind of movie that you just have to ignore the average percentage of the critics’ votes and forward into with a good attitude, because Kindergarten Cop has a little more to offer than what you anticipate.

As an undeniably perfect selection for older kids/younger teens, this appealing action-comedy centring on both crime and kids features cop-detective Schwarzenegger going undercover as a kindergarten teacher to track down a criminal. However, the story is just more pleasing and motivating simply because whilst he searches for the criminal, he discovers he likes his role in the school and makes a relationship with another teacher.

Having Arnold Schwarzenegger enrol as the leading character is the definition of true wisdom, as he’s as great as he could be as John Kimble. The plot may be pretty simple and not overly complex, but it’s executed in a fine fashion that’s always distracting, sometimes heartwarming and is a fine film to just sit back and relax to watching. It’s very easy to understand and perceive as it plays.

Parents should take note that this film, despite being a comedy with the word “kindergarten” in the title and children flooding the poster, is best saving for when the younger children are older or arrive in their early teenage years. Along with the subject matter of drug dealing, there’s solid shootout violence and the kind of excitement worth waiting for. It’s not meant to be for kids, but it’s still a heart-tugging film being one of the best for its genres.

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