Hello and Welcome to Basement Matinee…
Arnold Schwarzenegger made many films that are favorites… but some ended up having sequels that didn’t star the Austrian Oak, like Predator 2 for example, which starred Danny Glover…. Or in this case, Kindergarten Cop 2, starring Dolph Lundgren…
While by no means a great movie, it does serve nicely as a decent reinterpretation of the original plot, a law enforcement officer, this time an FBI agent, goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, to retrieve something important to put away the lead villain, in this case a flash drive that has information on the location of everyone under the Federal Witness Protection program.
Unlike the first film where Arnold’s character of John Kimble interacting with the kids was the focus, in this one, it’s Lundgren’s Zack Reed character being perplexed at the PC nature of the world has taken in regards to education. It has some decent satire, while also working gags from other genres (like the buddy cop formula, the over the top boss) to get a nice amount of chuckles.
Lundgren’s performance is decent by his standards, and this departure from his usual action roles is rather refreshing, and the fact that it’s clear he’s having a fun in the role helps sells the movie. He has decent onscreen chemistry with the supporting cast, thought unlike with the original film, there isn’t anything particularly memorable about the kids involved, as there role is pretty limited.
In a few areas, it actually improves on the first film, namely with the antagonist, played by Aleks Paunovic, was certainly a lit more interesting than Richard Tyson in the first film, and it pressed the 'time is of the essence' as aspect better.
So what's the verdict?
For an hour and forty minutes, it’s flies by nicely, and certainly worth checking out if you’re just looking for little time filler. It is avaliable on Netflix and DVD