Kindergarten Cop

1990 PG-13 1h 51m DVD

Kindergarten Cop

1990 PG-13 1h 51m DVD
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Hard-edged cop John Kimble gets more than he bargained for when he goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher to get the goods on a brutal drug lord while at the same time protecting the man's young son. Pitted against a class of boisterous moppets whose antics try his patience and test his mettle, Kimble may have met his match in more ways than one. Pamela Reed also stars in this engaging action comedy.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt, Richard Tyson, Carroll Baker, Cathy Moriarty, Joseph Cousins, Park Overall, Christian Cousins, Jayne Brook, Richard Portnow, Tom Kurlander, Alix Koromzay, Angela Bassett
Ivan Reitman
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral)
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Kindergarten Cop is a hybrid of slapstick comedy, character comedy, and the story of a violent, obsessed killer on the loose. Scenes of adorable little kids connecting with their unusually muscle-bound new teacher and his pet ferret are framed by gunfire and suspense and culminate in scenes with children in danger. Action includes (spoiler alerts): point-blank killings, a father holding his son hostage with a gun to his head, a little boy precariously hanging from a tower, and gunfire in a school. Numerous fistfights, head bashings, and a car purposefully hitting a lead character are among other violent sequences. The film is peppered with salty language, including "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "s--t," "ass," "penis" "vagina," and more. Several of the kindergarten kids are children of divorce; some of their stories may be unsettling to sensitive viewers. A bizarre relationship between the killer and his mother (with sexual overtones), a warm kiss between lovers, and a silly scene in which a couple having sex are interrupted account for the sexual content. Drugs are referenced; the villain is a narcotics dealer, and we see a motley assortment of his young people who appear to be under the influence. It's an unusual hybrid, but it works, so long as the kids who watch it are old enough to emotionally fuse the fun and the shoot-'em-up elements.

Sexual Content

A warm kiss. A comic scene shows a couple interrupted in the midst of sex; the man attempts to cover his nakedness with a pillow; no actual sexual activity.


Several suspenseful and violent sequences. Opening shows point-blank killing of a young man, establishing the ferocity of the film's villain. Characters carry and wield pistols and shotguns in a school, in a salon, in a bar, and while stalking innocents. Fights include a man punching a woman, men in fistfights, bashing a head into a car window, purposefully running down a woman with a car. A man sets fire to a school library, terrifying children and setting off chaos, gunfire, and death. A father holds a little boy hostage with a gun to his head. That same boy watches as a policeman shoots and kills his dad. A dead woman's face is seen close up.


Profanity and potty language include "s--t," "ass," "bastards," "goddamn," "son of a bitch," "wipe tushies," "poo-poo," "penis," "vagina," "you idiot." A woman suffers from stomach flu and vomits (mostly off camera) repeatedly.

Social Behavior

Encourages being open to new experiences. Shows importance of trust, honesty, teamwork, and loyalty. Values moving on from mistakes and being willing to start fresh.


Alaska Airlines, Coca-Cola.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Villain is involved in sale of illegal drugs; references to drug deals, "junkies." Wine with dinner.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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