Kindergarten Cop seems like a typical Schwarzenegger film, but Arnies enemy in this film is a group of kindergarten kids. It results in a touching and hilarious comedy that’s suitable for all ages.
Detective John Kimble (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is hot on the trail of a drug dealer Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson). Kimble takes on an assignment where he pretends to be a kindergarten teacher to identify Crisp’s kid in a school. He hopes this will lead to finding Crisp, but things are not as they seem.
Kindergarten Cop is just over 20 years old and to this day it’s still one of my favourite films of all time. It’s an extremely well acted and paced film. It involves serious themes such as domestic abuse and murder and then on the flip side it has light-hearted humour with Arnie and the kids. I still maintain that the film is suitable for ages because of the way it tackles the serious issues. The film depicts these issues with enough seriousness to make them compelling, but it’s not trying to fully document the real life effects of such things.
The humour of the film lies in Arnie being Arnie, but being surrounded by these cute kids who all are given genius dialogue. The film never drops into slapstick mode, rather it relies on a well written script that allows Arnie to be both cool and at the same time hopelessly out-of-place. Pamela Reed is Arnie’s police partner here and she is wonderfully weird.
The kids are the real stars of the film and they always remain on that funny side of annoying. The plot of the film is also quite interesting involving the villain of the film and his wife and son. All these parts fall together to make a real joy of a film.