Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator)
Penelope Ann Miller (The Shadow)
Pamela Reed (Proof of Life)
Linda Hunt (Pret-a-Porter)
Richard Tyson (The Babe)
Miko Hughes (New Nightmare)
Odette Annable (The Unborn)
Adam Wylie (Under Wraps)
After years of pursuing drug lord Cullen Crisp, LAPD detective John Kimble finally has him on a murder charge after Crisp kills an informant who gives him information regarding the whereabouts of his former wife Rachel Myatt Crisp and son Cullen, Jr. Accompanied by detective and former teacher Phoebe O’Hara, Kimble goes undercover in Astoria, Oregon, to find Crisp’s former wife who allegedly stole millions of dollars from Crisp before fleeing. The detectives plan to offer her immunity in exchange for testifying against Crisp in court. To find Crisp’s former wife, O’Hara is to act as the substitute teacher in Cullen Jr.’s kindergarten class at Astoria Elementary School.
Unfortunately, the hypoglycemic O’Hara gets a terrible case of the stomach flu and falls ill at the last moment, so Kimble takes the teacher’s job. The suspicious school principal Miss Schlowski is convinced Kimble will not last long before quitting. Though overwhelmed at first, Kimble adapts to his new status, despite not having any formal teaching experience or training. Using his pet ferret as a class mascot, his police training as a model for structure of the classes, his experience as a father, and positive reinforcement, he becomes a much-admired and cherished figure to the children.
In turn, Kimble begins to like his undercover job and considers changing his career. He also deals with a case of child abuse, eventually punishing Zach Sullivan’s father for abusing his son and winning Schlowski’s favor. She witnesses his teaching style throughout and assures him that though she does not agree with his methods, she can see that he is a good teacher. Kimble becomes fond of his student Dominic’s mother Joyce Palmieri, who also works at the school. Joyce is estranged from her husband and will not speak of him.
After a series of conversations with the gradually more trusting Joyce, Kimble slowly deduces that she is Rachel Crisp and that Dominic is Cullen Jr. Back in California, the witness to the informant’s murder dies after using spiked cocaine provided by Crisp’s mother Eleanor, closing the case because the prosecution has no further evidence. Crisp is freed from prison and immediately heads to Astoria with his mother to search for Dominic. Once at the school, Crisp starts a fire in the school library in order to get to Dominic and holds him hostage after being discovered. Luckily, Kimble’s ferret bites Crisp on the neck, allowing Dominic to run free. Crisp shoots Kimble in the leg, then Kimble fatally shoots Crisp. Eleanor also wounds Kimble in the shoulder and discovers her dead son, but is knocked unconscious with a baseball bat by an enraged O’Hara before she can shoot Kimble.
Eleanor is arrested, while the unconscious Kimble is hospitalized. During Kimble’s recovery, O’Hara and her chef fiancé, Henry, announce their marriage, inviting him to attend. After recovering, Kimble retires from the police force and returns to teaching at the school, where he reunites with the kids and receives a kiss from Joyce in front of them.The film may not be as heavy on the action as some of Arnie’s other movies from the time (80s / early 90s), but on the other hand, it is very funny. It delivers some classic lines from not only Arnie, but also the kids. Kindergarten Cop proves that Arnie is family-friendly, as well as an action hero