Kindergarten Cop (film series)
|Based on||Original story written by Murray Salem|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Budget||~[lower-alpha 1]$33 million |
(Cumulative of 4 films)
|Box office||$242,784,327 |
(Cumulative of 4 films)
The Kindergarten Cop film series consists of American family-comedy movies, depicting police officers tasked with cases, where they must go undercover and work with elementary school-age children. The series cumulatively consists of four movies, each standalone in nature, but continuing the concept of the previous film.
The series was developed by Imagine Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures. Kindergarten Cop (1990) was met with mixed reception, while Cop and a Half (1993) and Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016) received poor reviews. Conversely, Cop and a Half: New Recruit (2017) received the mixed-to-moderate critical reception.
|Film||U.S. release date||Director||Screenwriter(s)||Story by||Producers|
|Kindergarten Cop||December 21, 1990||Ivan Reitman||Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod & Timothy Harris||Murray Salem||Ivan Reitman and Brian Grazer|
|Cop and a Half||April 2, 1993||Henry Winkler||Arne Olsen||Paul Maslansky|
|Kindergarten Cop 2||May 17, 2016||Don Michael Paul||David H. Steinberg||Mike Elliott and Greg Holstein|
|Cop and a Half: New Recruit||August 10, 2017||Jonathan A. Rosenbaum||Adriana Vina & Scott Bindley||Arne Olsen||Charles Lyall|
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Detective John Kimble, an intense big-city police officer who's been following a powerful drug dealer named Cullen Crisp for years, finds a way to charge the criminal with various felonies. Kimble's ex-wife goes missing, after being the sole contact who may know the location of Crisp's underworld. Kimble goes undercover as a kindergarten school teacher, in order to get close to his ex-wife's son, in hopes of ending the pursuit. Leading a classroom full of children proves to be more difficult than he expected.
Cop and a Half (1993)
Originally written and conceived as a direct-sequel to Kindergarten Cop, the script was reworked to be a standalone spin-off of the series' concept. Despite this, Imagine Entertainment maintained the stylized logo font from the first film.
A young eight-year-old named Devon Butler, who's greatest wish is to become a Police Officer, witnesses a murder. After consulting the city police, Butler refuses to give them details until he is made an honorary policemen. The young child is assigned to a veteran cop named Nick McKenna, and the team encounters a series of comedic events, while in pursuit of the killer. Officer McKenna finds himself overwhelmed with working with a child.
Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016)
Agent Zack Reed, an intense and experienced FBI Agent, is tasked with retrieving a sensitive file of electronic data and must go undercover as a kindergarten teacher. Partnered with Agent Sanders, the pair find their positions with a classroom of children to be comically overwhelming. The school's liberal, politically correct environment takes a tole on the agents - all while trying to solve the case of the information thief.
Cop and a Half: New Recruit (2017)
A tough, experienced police officer named Detective Simmons is forced to join forces with a energetic young girl named Karina Foley in order to solve a case and stop a criminal at-large. During their investigation, Simmons finds the rambunctious child to be overwhelming.
Principal cast and characters
|Kindergarten Cop||Cop and a Half||Kindergarten Cop 2||Cop and a Half:|
|Det. John Kimble||Arnold Schwarzenegger||Mentioned|
|Dominic Palmieri||Christian and Joseph Cousins|
|Emma||Sarah Rose Karr|
|Det. Nick McKenna||Burt Reynolds|
|Devon Butler||Norman D. Golden II|
|Agent Zack Reed||Dolph Lundgren|
|Agent Sanders||Bill Bellamy|
|Det. Simmons||Lou Diamond Phillips|
|Karina Foley||Lulu Wilson|
Additional crew & production details
|Kindergarten Cop||Randy Edelman||Michal Chapman||Wendy Greene Bricmont & Sheldon Kahn||Imagine Entertainment
|Universal Pictures||1hr 51min|
|Cop and a Half||Alan Silvestri||Bill Butler||Daniel Hanley, C. Timothy O'Meara & Roger Tweten||Imagine Entertainment
St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission
|Kindergarten Cop 2||Jake Monaco||Kamal Derkaoui||Vanick Moradian||Imagine Entertainment
Capital Arts Entertainment
Universal 1440 Entertainment
Universal Family Entertainment
Where's Arnold Productions
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
|Cop and a Half: New Recruit||Ryan Shore||Toby Gorman||Lisa Robinson||Imagine Entertainment
Universal 1440 Entertainment
50 Degrees North Productions
Box office & financial performance
|Film||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Video
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time
|Kindergarten Cop||$91,457,688||$110,542,312||$202,000,000||#802||#811||not disclosed||$202,000,000||$26,000,000|||
|Cop and a Half||$31,889,691||$8,800,000||$40,689,691||#2,571||N/A||N/A||$40,689,691||$4,000,000|||
|Kindergarten Cop 2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$94,636||$94,636||not disclosed|||
|Cop and a Half: New Recruit||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||not available||not available||>$4,000,000|||
Critical and public response
|Tomatometer||Audience Score||Metascore||User Score|
(35 critic reviews)
(328,607 user ratings)
(15 critic reviews)
(143 user ratings)
|Cop and a Half||14%
(14 critic reviews)
(24,679 user ratings)
|Kindergarten Cop 2||N/A||25%
(390 user ratings)
|Cop and a Half: New Recruit||N/A||45%
(39 user ratings)
- Given the lack of available information regarding the straigh-to-video sequels, this is by definition a weak approximation.
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