Kindergarten Cop/B+,B+

Universal/1990/111m/FS 1.33  

         Making  an successful action movie and  comedy at the same time is traveling over tough terrain, but director Ivan Reitman makes all the bumps seem smooth. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a cop impersonating a kindergarten teacher in order to find the estranged wife of a drug dealer. Between her charming son and herself, the cop is easy prey to love. Penelope Ann Miller matches with Arnold well and the ensuing romance evolves naturally.
     Most of the fun develops in the classroom, where Arnold is outnumbered and at first numbed by the kids. Before long he's got it under control and it's even funnier. Though there are some nasty drug related scenes and some violence, this is still a pretty good flick to watch with the kids.

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Arnold's biggest challenge.ŠUniversal

    Though presented in 1.33 open matte format, I did not find the compositions cramped or cropped. The image is very sharp without feeling artificially enhanced. Still, the director's intention was a 1.85 composition . thus, the 1.33 compromises the DVD. Kindergarten Cop is an appropriately colorful movie and the transfer reflects the high key color palette.




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