Universal Pictures | Release Date: December 21, 1990
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kyle20ellisMar 29, 2022
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 filmKindergarten 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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mimzi123Jun 19, 2013
a very funny stupid comedy that will always keep me laughing until the end. arnold is of coarse the man who steals the sh. kindergarden cop is hilarious
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SpangleJun 7, 2014
It certainly is not a masterpiece, but Kindergarten Cop is just fine. It makes for great entertainment and is the defintion of escapism. It is a feel good movie with a funny turn from Ahnold along with some good action sequences. Sure, it isIt certainly is not a masterpiece, but Kindergarten Cop is just fine. It makes for great entertainment and is the defintion of escapism. It is a feel good movie with a funny turn from Ahnold along with some good action sequences. Sure, it is undeniably implausible at times and is certainly not a very good film, but as pure entertainment, it gets the job done. The comedy is well timed (a lot of it thanks to the kids in the film) and light. Overall, there is not much to say about this one. It is fun, entertaining, and a joy to watch, as well as sure to leave you with a smile on your face at the end. You could do far worse for some easy watching. Expand
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cameronmorewoodNov 9, 2012
It's better than it needs to be, and manages to be sufficient in every genre it tackles.
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talisencrwDec 2, 2014
Probably the best of Arnold's comedies, next to True Lies. It showed he was a lot smarter and more versatile than most people at the time gave him credit for.
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PanchogulJun 19, 2020
Entretenida comedia de los noventa y un Arnold S. saliendo de su zona de confort, creo que no hay nada más que añadir al respecto.
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FilipeNetoNov 19, 2021
This film can match "Junior" and "Twins", making up a trio of quality comedies that Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in during the Nineties, under the direction of Ivan Reitman, and that helped him get out of the action roles and acquireThis film can match "Junior" and "Twins", making up a trio of quality comedies that Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in during the Nineties, under the direction of Ivan Reitman, and that helped him get out of the action roles and acquire versatility as an actor.

The film starts out somewhat confusedly, and I felt that the story behind that policeman going to kindergarten was really very poorly written, as if the script just needed an excuse to put him there and explain his presence in that environment. Things, however, improve a lot from then on, with the troubles he goes through with the children and the romantic subplot, which is cliché but is well articulated with the rest of the story.

I think it is obvious that Schwarzenegger is the big star of the film and carries it on his back with panache and competence. In fact, the film seems to have been tailored to the capabilities of the actor, who appears to be having a great deal of fun as he works. Children, of course, are essential in the script and feature moments of variegated humor, very well done and that guarantee the audience's fun. Linda Hunt and Penelope Miller are two quality additions, and Pamela Reed is helpfully supportive of Schwarzenegger, even though I feel she was underused. Richard Tyson is a clichéd villain, not very interesting, but the blame lies more with the script and the material he received than, properly, with the actor.

On a technical level, the film is relatively unobtrusive. Shot between California and the small town of Astoria, Oregon, the film has good sets and the choice of filming locations was judicious and competent. The cinematography, filming work, soundtrack, visual and sound effects were all done well, and the editing is solid. The opening credits are well done and give the film a coloring that immediately introduces the audience to the context of the film. The film features some relatively contained action scenes.
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NolanLundgaardJul 3, 2018
With a fantastic and hilarious premise, along with a spectacular job from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kindergarten Cop was an awesome movie, if a little cheesy at times.
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