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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good triumphs over evil. Clarifies being angry at an action rather than at a person. Parodies late 20th- and early 21st-century educational concepts: promoting emotional development and building confidence -- in this case, losing sight of the traditional educational guidelines.
Positive Role Models
Hero is honorable, strong, and resourceful. Female lead stands up for herself and her ability to be independent. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish suspense and violence in multiple sequences: gunplay, punch-outs, slaps, kicks (one significant crotch kick), a vending machine crushing a bad guy, using a bat as a weapon, someone being threatened at gunpoint. In the climactic scenes, kindergarten kids are asked to enter the fight and physically help attack the villains.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women are shown poolside in bikinis in two scenes. Two warm kisses. Sexual banter: "Keep the shark in the tank"; "Don't sleep with her." Women ogle men during a celebrity-type auction.
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Some mild obscenities and potty language: "booty call," "s--t," "badass," "goddamn," "hell," "bitch," "pee," "poop," "tinkle," "my sister has a vagina." A man is shown at a urinal.
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Products & Purchases
Twix candy is featured. M&Ms, Skittles. Coors, Uber, Roosters Cabaret (Canada).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking: wine at a meal, beer in a bar. Refers to father who's abusing alcohol. A character advises, "You need a drink."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kindergarten Cop 2 is a very late direct-to-DVD companion piece to Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 hit comedy Kindergarten Cop. It's not a "sequel" (it has all new characters and a whole new story); only the concept remains the same: Law officer goes undercover as a teacher in a kindergarten classroom to catch a criminal. Though the action and violence are mostly slapstick and not meant to be taken seriously, there's enough gunplay, fighting, and suspense, along with some racy language ("s--t," "ass," "bitch," "damn," "my sister has a vagina") to earn the film a PG-13 rating. As a result, it's not always clear exactly which audiences the filmmakers were targeting. The comedy is kid-friendly, the story is simple (and mostly ludicrous) to a fault, and the villains are farcical and exaggerated, but bodies fall, guns are fired, and fists are landed, so it's an odd blend. Expect some comic references to having sex ("booty call," "keep the shark in the tank"), and the camera leers at young women in bikinis poolside. A few scenes include casual drinking, and one character's alcohol abuse is addressed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Given the nonsensical situations, predictability, and less-than-stellar writing and acting, this non-sequel sequel doesn't measure up to the Arnold Schwarzenegger original. Whatever one might think of Schwarzenegger's inherent acting chops, he brought warmth, a twinkle, and high energy to a silly concept and made it fun. Dolph Lundgren, game and trying hard with a good sense of humor, simply can't sell it. Surrounded by other exaggerated, farcical performances (the few actors trying to make it real fall by the wayside) and a story that relies on zero logic, the result is watchable only to see the performances of some cute 6-year-olds as they spar with Lundgren. Even then, seeing those kids given permission to join the climactic "battle" sequences and fight the villains is beyond silly. Mildly entertaining for those who like to see strapping strongmen succumb to the charms of innocence. Violence and language make it unsuitable for most kids.
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