Astor Elementary School, Kindergarten Cop

One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most likable movie characters was undoubtedly Det. John Kimble, the hero of 1990's 'Kindergarten Cop.' Directed by Ivan Reitman ('Ghostbusters,' 'My Super Ex-Girlfriend'), the action/crime/comedy showed a wackier, more self-deprecating side of the pre-Governator than audiences were used to -- and was a pretty entertaining caper in general.

The story: Kimble, along with partner Phoebe O'Hara (Pamela Reed), goes undercover in Astoria, OR, to find the ex-wife of a vicious drug dealer (Richard Tyson) in hopes of obtaining evidence to convict him. Ex-teacher O'Hara poses as a substitute at a local elementary school where the dealer's son is a pupil, though he and his mother have changed their names. When O'Hara falls ill, the hard-assed Kimble must fill in at the last minute. Despite a rocky start, he and the kids are soon bonding like crazy, due in no small part to his pet ferret, which becomes the class mascot. Kimble also becomes romantically involved with fellow school employee and mother of one of his students, Joyce (Penelope Ann Miller), who -- naturally -- turns out to be the dealer's ex-wife. It all builds to a fairly violent climax and happy resolution.
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