Kindergarten Cop

Imagine Entertainment / Universal Released 1990




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Ivan Reitman

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a tough LAPD officer posing as a kindergarten teacher to catch the drug lord he's been pursuing for years. Officer John Kimble goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, hoping to find the son of drug dealer Cullen Crisp. Kimble knows Cullen is tracking his runaway wife, who took his son and $3 million when she left. When an informant gives Kimble the name of the boy's school, he takes on kindergarten duty, hoping to identify the boy before Cullen finds him. The tough-guy police officer is in way over his head with his class of five-year olds, but with the help of fellow teacher Joyce Palmieri, he learns to love teaching and the kids. Catching Cullen is his top priority, but it isn't long before he falls for Joyce, jeopardizing his mission. With love in the air, will the kindergarten cop be able to complete his mission?


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Kindergarten Cop was directed by Ivan Reitman, whose best work shows an ability to mix the absurd with the dramatic, so we're laughing as the suspense reaches its peak.

  • 40


    The polished comic vision that gave Twins, Arnold Schwarzenegger's comedy breakthrough, a storybook shine completely eludes director Ivan Reitman here. Result is a mish-mash of vio...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It would be lying not to say that some of the moviemakers here aren't working at the top of their craft, or that the movie won't reach audiences. On its own terms, Kindergarten Cop...

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Detective John Kimble

Penelope Ann Miller

Penelope Ann Miller

Joyce Palmieri / Rachel Crisp

Pamela Reed

Pamela Reed

Detective Phoebe O'Hara

Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt

Miss Schlowski

Cathy Moriarty

Cathy Moriarty

Sylvester's Mother

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    • Production Budget - $15,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $91,457,688 (10th)
      Worldwide Gross - $201,957,688 (10th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $176,429,015
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $389,592,136

    • Filming locations:
      Astoria, Oregon
      Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, Oregon
      John Jacob Astor Elementary School, Astoria, Oregon
      Los Angeles, California
      Main Place Mall, Santa Ana, California

    • Taglines:
      1. It's a jungle gym out there.
      2. An undercover cop in a by himself.
      3. Go ahead, you tell him you didn't do your homework.
      4. He's the toughest undercover cop in LA. If you're bad he'll know it. If you're hiding something he'll find out. If you cheat he can tell. Now...

    • Music:
      The Party Starts Now!
      Music by Andy Shernoff
      Performed by Manitoba's Wild Kingdom
      La Manito
      Music by Kinito Méndez
      Performed by Alfonso 'Pochy' Vasquez y su Cocoband


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