Release year: 1990
Director: Ivan Reitman
Screenwriter: Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt, Richard Tyson, Carroll Baker, Joseph and Christian Cousins
When tough cop Kimble (Schwarzenegger) goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher he finds himself facing his most difficult assignment yet.
The second collaboration between Schwarzenegger (The Terminator, 1984) and director Reitman (they made Twins together in 1988) sees the Austrian giant up against a group of children. Watching the tough cop go from bad-ass to out on deep water because of people barely reaching his knees and with the inevitable bonding between Arnie and the kids, this is one of the coziest of his movies. It is a action comedy which is heavier on the comedy than on the action but which works well on both levels. Schwarzenegger does what he does best, looks intimidating and serves one-liners like he was payed for it, which, off course, he was while Reed (Bean, 1997) is one of the greatest assets of the movie with her meddlesome partner with a stomach flu. The kids all does a good job and watching them interact with the towering action star is a joy. Warm-hearted action fun for the entire family and one to re-watch for pure pleasure.
When Kimble carries Phoebe into the motel, he says two short sentences in German (the first time Arnie can be heard speaking his native language in a movie). For interest, these mean: “That makes me stinking mad. Now I’m mad.” The second time he spoke German wouldn’t be until Escape Plan (2013).
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