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Kindergarten Cop (film series)

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Kindergarten Cop
Based onOriginal story written by Murray Salem
Imagine Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
CountryUnited States
Budget~[lower-alpha 1]$33 million
(Cumulative of 4 films)
Box office$242,784,327[1][2][3][4][5][6]
(Cumulative of 4 films)

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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.[7]

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 (1990-12-21) Ivan Reitman Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod & Timothy Harris Murray Salem Ivan Reitman and Brian Grazer
Cop and a Half April 2, 1993 (1993-04-02) Henry Winkler Arne Olsen Paul Maslansky
Kindergarten Cop 2 May 17, 2016 (2016-05-17) Don Michael Paul David H. Steinberg Mike Elliott and Greg Holstein
Cop and a Half: New Recruit August 10, 2017 (2017-08-10) Jonathan A. Rosenbaum Adriana Vina & Scott Bindley Arne Olsen Charles Lyall

Kindergarten Cop (1990)[edit]

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)[edit]

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.[8]

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)[edit]

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)[edit]

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[edit]

Character Film
Kindergarten Cop Cop and a Half Kindergarten Cop 2 Cop and a Half:
New Recruit
Det. John Kimble Arnold Schwarzenegger   Mentioned  
Joseph Miko Hughes  
Larry Adam Wylie  
Dominic Palmieri Christian and Joseph Cousins  
Emma Sarah Rose Karr  
Cindy Alix Koromzay  
Tina Tiffany Mataras  
Rina Krystle Mataras  
Danny Tom Kurlander  
Harvey Ross Malinger  
Sylvester Benjamin Diskin  
Rosa Odette Yustman  
Det. Nick McKenna   Burt Reynolds  
Devon Butler   Norman D. Golden II  
Agent Zack Reed   Dolph Lundgren  
Agent Sanders   Bill Bellamy  
Cowboy   Raphael Alejandro  
Jett   Dean Petriw  
Molly   Abbie Magnuson  
Hannah   Tyreah Herbert  
Simon   Oscar Hartley  
Patience   Valencia Budijanto  
Tripp   William Budijanto  
Det. Simmons   Lou Diamond Phillips
Karina Foley   Lulu Wilson

Additional crew & production details[edit]

Film Crew/Detail
Composer Cinematographer Editor(s) Production
Running time
Kindergarten Cop Randy Edelman Michal Chapman Wendy Greene Bricmont & Sheldon Kahn Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
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
Universal Pictures
1hr 33min
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 Studios,
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
1hr 40min
Cop and a Half: New Recruit Ryan Shore Toby Gorman Lisa Robinson Imagine Entertainment
Universal 1440 Entertainment
50 Degrees North Productions
EveryWhere Studios
1hr 37min


Box office & financial performance[edit]

Film Box office gross Box office ranking Video
sales gross
Total income
Budget Ref(s)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
North America
Kindergarten Cop $91,457,688 $110,542,312 $202,000,000 #802 #811 not disclosed $202,000,000 $26,000,000 [9]
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 [10][11]
Kindergarten Cop 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $94,636 $94,636 not disclosed [12]
Cop and a Half: New Recruit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A not available not available >$4,000,000 [13]
Totals $123,347,379 $119,342,312 $242,689,691 $94,636 $242,784,327 ~$34,000,000

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore IMDb
user rating
Tomatometer Audience Score Metascore User Score
Kindergarten Cop 51%
(35 critic reviews)[14]
(328,607 user ratings)
(15 critic reviews)[15]
(143 user ratings)[16]
A-[17] 6.1/10 stars
(125,616 reviews)[18]
Cop and a Half 14%
(14 critic reviews)[19]
(24,679 user ratings)
N/A N/A B+[20] 4/10 stars
(7,857 reviews)[21]
Kindergarten Cop 2 N/A 25%
(390 user ratings)[22]
N/A N/A N/A 4.5/10 stars
(2,856 reviews)[23]
Cop and a Half: New Recruit N/A 45%
(39 user ratings)[24]
N/A N/A N/A 5.5/10 stars
(557 reviews)[25]


  1. Given the lack of available information regarding the straigh-to-video sequels, this is by definition a weak approximation.


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  5. https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Kindergarten-Cop-2#tab=summary
  6. https://www.revolvy.com/page/Cop-and-a-Half?cr=1
  7. https://variety.com/1993/film/news/art-imitating-art-in-one-sheets-106502/
  8. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/CopAndAHalf
  9. https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Kindergarten-Cop#tab=summary
  10. https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Kindergarten-Cop#tab=summary
  11. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1992-03-17-9201280903-story.html
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  13. https://www.revolvy.com/page/Cop-and-a-Half?cr=1
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  21. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106613/ratings?ref_=tt_ov_rt
  22. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kindergarten_cop_2
  23. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4763168/ratings?ref_=tt_ov_rt
  24. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cop_and_a_half_new_recruit
  25. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6212210/ratings?ref_=tt_ov_rt

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