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on 30 July 2017
Arnie can't always be hard. Love this film.
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on 4 May 2005
Thoroughly enjoyed this one.Maybe not evryones cup of tea as maybe a bit too slushly especially if you don't like to see loads of kids in a film!
I like the split personality of this film with arnie doing a great job as an undercover cop posing as a kindergarten teacher to try and capture a drug dealer.
not too heavy on the action although enough to make it believable,the comic touches are well played also.
Not too be taken too seriously but all the better for it.
A great way to spend a rainy sunday afternoon...
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on 23 March 2014
Detective John Kimble (Arnie) is, naturally, a tough cop, having set his sights on nailing deeply unpleasant drugs-dealer Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson). But when Kimble’s star witness is murdered via an overdose of drugs by Crisp’s mother (Carroll Baker), he has to track down Crisp’s wife (who, with their son now has assumed a different identity) who can provide the necessary evidence to convict her husband of drugs dealing.

Discovering the name of the school which Crisp Jr. is attending, Kimble and partner Detective Phoebe O’Hara (Pamela Reed) set off to find mother and son; but when O’Hara - who is supposed to masquerade as a teacher - comes down with a stomach-bug, it’s Kimble who has to become the teacher.

It’s a scenario which shouldn’t work but thanks to Arnie’s flair for comedy and Ivan Reitman’s skilful direction, it does, and the way in which Arnie deals with the children (and vice versa) is hilarious. The younger Mrs. Crisp (Penelope Ann Miller) becomes Arnie’s love interest and the whole enjoyable film is well-supported with an excellent cast; but I think acting honours really go to Arnie's sidekick and Cullen Crisp's dreadful mother.

One of those rare films which really is suitable for all the family.
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on 15 January 2015
I can't stand kids in films or in life really. They are annoying little rats, that to me are not cute and not funny. I really can't see why Gary Glitter likes them so much. What films have kids been any good in? It may be easier to say which kid is the worst child ever, and that would be that bellend from The Phantom Menace and Jingle All The Way, Jake "F ing" Lloyd. What a basin hair cut little prick he is. On a more positive note, the kid from The 6th Sence, and that Japanese boy from The Last Samuri are excellent. You remember the one who pulls a funny face with his mouth open at the dinner table at Tom Cruise. They are both an exception to the rule. The other film they don't annoy me in is this cracker, Kindergarten Cop. I think the reason is because they are in films with an adult theme rather than stupid kids stuff. Yes, even Kindergarten Cop is for grown ups more than you will remember.

When you watch Kindergaten Cop these days it's a lot more hard edged than it appeared to be at the cinema. On the face of it we have a nice comedy staring Arnold Schwarzenegger coming off the back of the hugely enjoyable Twins with a funny story of him being an undercover cop as kindergarten teacher, John Kimble (and he loves his car). If you delve a little deeper it's a faily violent movie with subjects that maybe it would not get away with now a days. Just think about, messed up parents, a murderous father looking for his son by going into a school full of children with a gun ready kill who he has to. He even holds his own son at gun point and marmalises an innocent member of the public in the street for a must have present for his son. The film even touches on child abuse and we see Kimble give the abusive father a good hiding outside the school in front of the other pupils and teachers.

On a more comedic side, we have great interaction between Kimble and the class which some great dialog from the kids. Even that has an adult theme running thruough it. "WHO IS YOUR DADDY AND WHAT DOES HE DO?". Its very funny with the kids telling Kimble and the class about their sex addicted parents, parents who abuse substances, a father who looks at vaginas all day and one kid obsessed with death.

Arnie plays a very good role as Kimble, out of his depth from being a no nonsense cop with a pump action shot gun, to a no nonsense kindergarten teacher. He soon realises his police tactics won't work at school and slowly becomes a engrossed in his new role while looking for a murderer who has a son at the school, and an ex who is a teacher and mother of the child. There is plenty of action to satisfy and enough comedy to make you laugh. And it is rated 15, or it was when it was first released, which is a good thing. I think now a days the film would be nothing like it's original form and just be a silly childish comedy which would be a bad thing.

Oh, I nearly forgot....the other decent kid in a film is that one in the park in An American Werewolf In London who has his balloons stolen by "A NAKED AMERICAN MAN".
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Kindergarten Cop is directed by Ivan Reitman and it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Kimble, a tough police detective who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher to catch drug dealing baddie Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson), before Crisp can get to his ex-wife and son. However, having no teaching experience prior, Kimble finds the children a right handful. Not only that but he finds himself drawn to another teacher, Joyce (Penelope Ann Miller) to further complicate things.

Sandwiched in between Total Recall and Terminator 2:Judgement Day, is this light action comedy on Arnold Schwarzenegger's Curriculum Vitae. With a salary of $12 million in his pocket the big Austrian revels in playing comedy. Much as he did in Twins from 1988, Schwarzenegger is comfortable in making himself the butt of the jokes. With a crazy premise such as this one it was imperative that he got the feel of the comedy right, something that he achieves in spades. His play off with all the children is good fun cinema, even tender at times. For in amongst the froth the writers still slot in serious issues, issues that Schwarzenegger, in spite of his obvious lack of acting gravitas, grasps with two gigantic hands. There's no surprises in store within the plot, and I'm pretty sure for a film of this type nobody is seriously expecting any. But it is good honest fun, one for all the family to enjoy. With good support from Miller & Reed, and of course the army of sprightly children, Schwarzenegger once again doesn't take himself seriously. Hollywood, like it or not, is all the better for it. 6.5/10
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VINE VOICEon 7 August 2014
This brisk change of genre for Arnold Schwarzenegger helps him flex his comedic muscle, quite literally, in a situation that plays to his strength in polar opposites with his co-stars. What could be more entertaining than an indestructible action hero facing off against a classroom of innocent, naïve troublemakers? It proves to be wonderfully entertaining, with a sugar coated gloss running all the way through.

Safe to say there is a far share of adult themes, especially violence and drug abuse. The film blends both the thriller and comedy genre very well, with Schwarzenegger playing both roles as tough cop and vulnerable kindergarten teacher perfectly until they blend together to make the ideal role-model for the children and parents he is involved with. It’s a good character progression, and John Kimble has some of the most famous and quotable lines in Schwarzenegger’s illustrious career.

The mushy romance that blossoms between Schwarzenegger and Miller’s characters is predictable and very soppy in places, but it’s a little factor that helps round out the relationships between the adults and children, each playing a vital part in the story and proving their importance. The strong support from the ever likable Pamela Reed and the love-to-hate him Richard Tyson keeps the danger present at all times and maintains the threat that at times you forget about, much like Kimble, but are reminded of towards the finale that blends strong emotion, touches upon the power of family, and of course a few rounds of gun shots from Kimble.

Granted, the most entertaining moments are inside the kindergarten as teach and class slowly develop their bond in a series of highly amusing conversations, activities and role-play, all pushing Schwarzenegger to his comedic dead-pan limit with wonderfully wry results. It’s a big soft film at heart when you strip away the “villain”, and stands as one of the best comedy films that the Austrian Oak has done thanks to his towering giant brought to his knees by the class of loveable and terrifying children.
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on 28 May 2007
After battling cyborgs, Predator, terrorists and mercenaries, Arnie faces his greatest challenge; KIDS !!! He acts as a cop in the style of Stallone in Cobra on the trail of a notorious criminal. The only way he can get to him though is via his kid..thus explaining the kindergarten.

Arnie is on the trail of Cullen Crisp, and has been for years. This trail leads him to Astoria, Oregon, and to the local elementary school to do something unbelievable--teach 5-year olds! He must protect a young boy, Dominic Palmieri, and track down Cullen. This won't be easy, with little ones all over him!

Poor Arnie is up to his ears in paint sets, screaming, toys, and whining. But when he begins to show them how to be tough, the kids begin to like him, and the feeling is reciprocal.

My favorite parts are when Arnie sees the children acting horribly, and he sreams "SHUTUP! SHUTUP! SHUTUP!" and all the kids start crying, so he runs out of the school. I felt so bad for them! another great part was the game "Who's your daddy, and what does he do?" The answers were comical (Rina and Tina: Our mom says that our dad is a real sex machine!, My dad lives in NY and drives a taxi. My mom hopes he dies real soon, Joesph: My dad is a gynecologist. He looks at vaginas all day.) This movie also had some great lines (Joesph: Boys have a penis. Girls have a vagina. Arnie: Thanks for the tip. Arnie: It's not a tuma!")

this is a great film, and the kids certainly make it memorable. I highly recommend this film to everyone! Like kindergarten, you definitely don't want to turn your back on this movie!:)
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on 7 October 2014
A CLASSIC ARNIE FILM MUCH BETTER ON BLURAY!-I saw this for sale on amazon region free usa import and I bought it asap!-I had to wait a while as it was from the USA but it was well worth the wait as its better than the previous DVD version..My only 'gripe' about this new bluray is the fact it had no bonus features apart from a theatrical trailer.The picture quality is very good for such an old film and the SOUND is full HD master audio and makes the film more enjoyable.Any fan of Arnie must own this film on bluray,and even those that are NOT particaly "Arnie fans" will really enjoy this action comedy,its a classic movie.
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on 11 January 2004
We are used to seeing Arnie in fast-action, violent films with lots of killing and blood, like 'Terminator' and 'Predator' where he hardly says anything apart from "I'll be back!". Therefore it is quite a suprise that here we see him playing a tough cop-turned-Kindergarten-teacher and you may not think that he would be much good in that type role, because i know i certainly did and i started watching it rather skeptically. However, i couldn't have been more wrong. Arnie plays the role amazingly and i couln't really imagine anyone else playing the giant school teacher. The kids faces on the film when he first walks in reflect how tall he really is, especially to them.
The story is basically about a tough cop who has to go undercover as a Kindergarten teacher to find the wife and son of an elusive criminal. Then he must persuade he to give evidence to convict her ex-husband and get him 'sent down' for a long long time.
Although Arnie is not the greatest actor in the world when he is not holding a machine gun or a bazuka he still manages to play this part really well and makes what is a slightly unbelievable storyline, believable.
There are other actors who, like Arnie usually appear in 'action' films (for example Sylvester Stallone) and unfortunately their attemps at comedy have not done so well, however Arnie is brilliant in the few comedys he has been in and they have been very succesful.
Well, another great film from Arnie and in places, quite funny, It's also a nice change to see him doing somthing a bit more gentle.
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on 17 January 2014
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, a kindergarten teacher.....

It's a no brainier really, the biggest action star in the world, the toughest character in the film, has to look after little kids. Oh and it works in so many ways.

Reitmans biggest draw is making the first twenty minutes a proper action movie, here we have Arnold at his most recognisable, tough, spouting out one liners and not giving a hoot about anyone.

Then after a bout of food poisoning, that Arnold is still there, but he has a class of little children to attend with, and this is the main draw, children saying a lot of old cobblers, sometimes innuendo, and then watching Arnold lose his temper.

That's the film. The whole sub-plot involving the drug dealer is just filler to join the dots.

The cast are great, it has a real feel-good vibe to it, and the chemistry between the star and the children is spot on.

It's a shame Reitman didn't hit a turkey with Junior, but this is easily Arnold's best venture out of action movies, and it shows he has got good comic timing.

Well worth seeing.
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