Teaching is the Terminator's Toughest Mission Yet Kindergarten Cop: Criminals & Children Learn an Unforgettable Lesson
Cullen Crisp, Sr. (Richard Tyson) is a ruthless drug dealer ready to kill anyone who steps into his path. He has a strange accomplice as well: his mom, Eleanor (Carroll Baker) who encourages her son in all criminal endeavors. After doing a stint in jail for armed robbery, Crisp is determined to track down his former wife Rachel (Penelope Ann Miller) and son Cullen Crisp, Jr. (Christian and Joseph Cousins).
Cullen Crisp, Sr. (Richard Tyson) is a ruthless drug dealer ready to kill anyone who steps into his path. He has a strange accomplice as well: his mom, Eleanor (Carroll Baker) who encourages her son in all criminal endeavors. After doing a stint in jail for armed robbery, Crisp is determined to track down his former wife Rachel (Penelope Ann Miller) and son Cullen Crisp, Jr. (Christian and Joseph Cousins). Years ago Rachel stole $3 million worth of drug money from her husband, fled from their native California, and then settled in a quiet Oregon town. Upon arriving in Oregon she changed her name to Joyce Palmieri and her son's to Dominic.
Eleanor and Crisp remained oblivious to Rachel's location for years. However, they eventually receive a clue about her whereabouts and quickly head to Oregon in pursuit. In addition to Cullen Sr., a Los Angeles detective named John Kimble (Arnold Schwarzenegger) also hopes to find her; Kimble is Crisp's arch nemesis, who is determined to implicate the drug kingpin in a murder. Rachel is a key witness to the crime, whose testimony would ensure her ex-husband's conviction. As a reward for her cooperation, she will be allowed to keep Cullen Sr.'s $3 million.
A serious problem still lies ahead for both men: neither knows Rachel and Dominic's aliases or their address. Kimble and his partner, Phoebe O'Hara (Pamela Reed) devise an ingenious plan to unearth Rachel's new location and identity. Phoebe, a former teacher, will take over the local school district's kindergarten class, assuming that Cullen Jr. will be one of her students. By using clues pieced together from daily interactions with the children and their parents, John and Phoebe believe they can at last find Rachel. Yet the duo must also keep in mind that if they are not diligent, Crisp could possibly find Rachel before them and kill their key witness.
In what seems like a disastrous turn of events, Phoebe catches a severe case of food poisoning and cannot teach the class. John offers to serve as her replacement, but the school's principal is unsure that the bulky, intimidating, police office is up to the task; after all, the Terminator and 5-year-old children are an admittedly awkward combination. As Kimble sharpens his teaching skills numerous laughs ensue, and the former body builder also attracts the eyes of many single moms. More importantly though, justice might finally be served and an evil man placed behind bars.
Kindergarten Cop earned a Kids' Choice Award and proved to be an amazing commercial success. The film's meager $15 million budget generated more than $201 million in ticket sales internationally.
Duration: 111 minutes
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Penelope Ann Miller
Director: Ivan Reitman