Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1990. Imagine Entertainment, Universal Pictures. Story by Murray Salem, Screenplay by Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris. Cinematography by Michael Chapman. Produced by Brian Grazer, Ivan Reitman. Music by Randy Edelman. Production Design by Bruno Rubeo. Costume Design by Gloria Gresham. Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont, Sheldon Kahn.
Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a successful transition to full-fledged comedy with this charming film. He plays a tough city cop on the trail of a ruthless drug dealer (Richard Tyson) whose strongest lead is the criminal’s ex-wife (Penelope Ann Miller) who needs to be protected in case her testimony is required in court. Not knowing her identity, the closest Schwarzenegger can come to meeting the woman is to get a job in the grammar school in Oregon where she teaches. Now, the toughest action man in the world has to find a way to convince four year-olds that he’s a kind and nurturing soul, while also preventing an innocent woman and her small son from getting bullets between the eyes. Lots of comedy, suspense and romance, all of it balanced well and presented amiably. Pamela Reed, is terrific as our hero’s partner.