Kindergarten Cop

Movie review by Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Terminator meets Mother Goose; lots of violence, profanity.

PG-13 1990 111 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 39 reviews

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age 13+

Disappointing Kids' Lines

I don't remember this movie from when it first came out, but when I found it in the 'Family' section at the library the other day, and saw that it was rated PG, I thought it might be fine for our 9-year-old. The main thing I'm disappointed in is the gratuitous sexual content the writers wrote into the kids' lines. In the scene in which the main character meets the kindergarten kids for the first time, a boy spontaneously names girls' and boys' genital parts. In the scene in which the children discuss what their dads do for a living, a set of twins says that their mom calls their dad a 'sex machine', which is followed by an awkward silence in the classroom. A boy also mentions that his dad is a gynaecologist, and mentions female genitalia again. It seems like the writers did this for shock value; there's nothing educational about it, and no other context is added that makes this content necessary to the story. In an earlier scene, a boy is shown looking up girls' skirts; his mother speaks with the teacher (Schwarzenegger) about this problem, but it's not presented clearly enough that children will know this is problematic behaviour. Outside the classroom, there's a scene in which Schwarzenegger walks into a bedroom to find his work partner in bed with her fiance. There's no nudity, but again, the scene serves no purpose except as an attempt at sexual humour. Her fiance covers himself with a pillow or some bed sheets, before he puts on her bathrobe.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 12+

Kindergarten cop

This movie is so great, but also intense

This title has:

Too much violence

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