December 26, 1990 -- ``Kindergarten Cop'' is yet another solid film from Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man who brought you ``Twins'' and ``Terminator.''
Schwarzenegger, who strains credulity as a body-building cop working undercover as a kindergarten teacher with an Austrian accent, pulls off this rather improbable role, but just barely.
The ex-body builder seems to have reached the limit of his acting ability in his big scene with co-star Panelope Ann Miller when he wins her love. I believed the scene, but was glad that the film did not ask me to suspend any more of my disbelief. I like to have a little bit left.
Schwarzenegger has come a long way from the days when he played Conan the Barbarian and he has a long way to go before he gets even to the John Wayne level, let alone the Marlon Brando level.
Director Ivan Reitman does a good job of balancing the comedy, drama and violence in the film (there are three murders and several beatings, so it may not be suitable for some children). Reitman is the same director who worked with Schwarzenegger on ``Twins.'' Here, he manages to make a good movie out of a fairly silly idea.
The other actors in the film are very good, especially Carroll Baker as the vicious mother of a murderer who wants to kidnap his son from the kindergarten where Schwarzenegger works.
Linda Hunt also does a fine job as the principal of the kindergarten and Pamela Reed is excellent as Schwarzenegger's partner. The children in the movie are also quite good. This is a nice, funny, lightweight, non-filling, entertaining film, perfect for the holiday season. On a scale of one to 10 it rates a six.
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