Friday, June 20, 2008

Kindergarten Cop


Kindergarten Cop; Comedy, USA, 1990; D: Ivan Reitman, S: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt, Richard Tyson, Eleanor Crisp, Cathy Moriarty

Strong Police Detective John Kimble has captured drug dealer Crisp, but he gets the assignment to go with a partner under cower to a small town and find his ex-wife Rachel and her son in order to persuade them to testify against Crisp. John disguises himself as a substitute teacher in a elementary school in order to quietly search for her, falling in the mercy of little annoying kids. Crisp arrives in town and kidnaps his son, but John is able to save the situation and kill the gangster.

Not especially funny but solid comedy "Kindergarten Cop" would have still been better if it based it's fun on well developed situations and supporting ideas and not just on one big long gag - placing a tough cop in a elementary school where he has to cope with little children. Besides the uneven handling of innocent child comedy and slightly brutal crime elements, the children are not well individualised and thus stayed without a bigger impact when not acting together as a mob, while the whole story is too mainstream. Still, the movie earned a lot at the box office and here and there surprises with Ivan Reitman's occasional sixth sense for comic timing, like when John Kimble storms into the place of the surprised gangsters who exchange this line with him: "Who are you?" - "I'm the party pooper." Arnold Schwarzenegger is solid in the leading role and would star in four films in total with Reitman.

Grade:+

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