Kindergarten Cop

Check out our review of Kindergarten Cop - is it any good and how suitable is it for kids?

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Kindergarten Cop

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller. (15)

Release date: 1990

3 out of 5


A comedy thriller for older kids and adults, this is definitely not one for littler eyes, despite the title. For Arnie plays a tough big-city cop who has to go undercover at a small-town kindergarten (nursery school) to stop a killer, so while he does eventually find his soft and squishy side by being with the little cuties, that doesn’t stop him waving his gun around if there’s a bad guy in the vicinity (the big finale is quite violent and the plot point of a kidnapped child would disturb younger viewers).
Before all that, there are some very funny moments as Arnie attempts to teach a group of little tykes (‘they’re like little terrorists’), and adults who know the muscleman better for hard-hitting action roles will get a kick out of watching him twirl a hula-hoop. Probably Arnie’s funniest (at least intentionally) movie. 

Is Kindergarten Cop suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

As mentioned above, the finale is quite dark and violent.

If you like this, why not try: Last Action Hero, Doctor Dolittle 1998, Uncle Buck, Mrs Doubtfire, Home Alone,