Arnold Week: Kindergarten Cop (1990)

LAPD detective John Kimble (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been chasing after drug kingpin Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson) for years. He’s close, as a witness sees Crisp kill an informant after finding out where his wife Rachel (Penelope Ann Miller) and son (Christian and Joseph Cousins) are. Working with former teacher-turned-detective Phoebe O’Hara (Pamela Reed), Kimble becomes a teacher in the child’s school in an attempt to finally get his bust.

With a cast that includes Linda Hunt, Park Overall, Cathy Moriarty and Carroll Baker as Crisp’s mother, this is a fun way to get the action that you come to an Arnold movie for and mix it with comedy. That’s all due to the filmmaking skills of Ivan Reitman, who also made Twins and Junior with Schwarzenegger. He even created the Reitman Rules of Filmmaking from the child actors in this movie, which are five very simple rules: Listen, act natural, know your character, don’t look in the camera and be disciplined.

It also has a funny script by Murray Salem and the team of Herschel Weingrod and Timothy Harris, who wrote Trading Places, Brewster’s Millions, Twins and Space Jam together.

This is yet another Arnold movie where he knows his audience and still takes them to an unexpected place.

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