What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film includes some violence and a very small amount of cursing. The villains are evil drug lords that commit murder. Both a woman and a child are put in physical danger, but are saved in the end by the main character. The fight between separated parents for custody of the child may be disturbing for some kids, especially those of divorce.
What's the story?
John Kimball (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a kick-butt undercover cop who has been assigned to pose as the husband of a female cop/grade school teacher, a turn of events that forces him to shed his machine gun and trench coat for a sport coat and pet ferret. The enormous educator must identify a drug lord's missing wife and her son before he catches up with them.
Is it any good?
KINDERGARTEN COP succeeds wildly in its attempt to soften an action star via the addition of an adorable rapscallion. Despite the goofy premise, Ivan Reitman's (Ghost Busters , Dave ) film includes an engaging story and an array of likable characters and fine performances. Somehow Schwarzenegger (Terminator , (Total Recall ) parlays his brawn into compassion. (Perhaps just speaking more quietly makes him appear less daunting.) This film also includes fabulous female costars. Pamela Reed is hysterical as John's gluttonous partner, and Linda Hunt (The Year of Living Dangerously , Ready to Wear ) continues her unbelievable career as the hardnosed school principal. The film's low points lie with Crisp, the murderous father, and his evil mother. The villains lack the character development dedicated to the good guys. Overall, the film provides good clean fun coupled with a little violence and a lot of kooky kids.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about nonviolent conflict-resolution with younger children. How do John's skills as a police officer help him maintain order in his classroom? Parents may want to reassure their children of their safety.