Rated: PG-13 for language and violence Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: December 21,1990 Released by:
Director Ivan Reitman enjoys putting Arnold Schwarzenegger in unusual situations, first in Twins as Danny DeVito's twin brother, and now as an undercover cop posing as a kindergarten teacher. Arnold plays John Kimball, sent to track down the wife of a murderer through her six year old son. Kimball needs the mother to testify against her husband, but the only information the police have is that the son is enrolled in an Astoria, Oregon kindergarten under an assumed name.
As a teacher, Kimball is a fish out of water and the kids take control, but after a few days, he has them sitting down, lining up and even going to the bathroom to a blast of his police whistle. It's hard to picture the hulking Schwarzenegger as a big terry bear, but he plays the tender scenes with the ids and Penelope Ann Miller very convincingly.
The ads for this film are very misleading; they play up the humorous parts. However, there are quite a few scenes that would be disturbing to children; murders, child abuse and a lot of talk about fathers deserting their families. For the adults, the film mixes comedy with action and Schwarzenegger shows the he not only can entertain with his muscle, but also with his wit.