Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have released the trailer for Kindergarten Cop 2.
The straight-to-DVD film is considered a sequel to Kindergarten Cop and stars Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, The Expendables) as Reed, a government agent who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher to recover a missing flash drive stolen from the Federal Witness Protection Program.
Kindergarten Cop 2 is available on DVD & Digital HD on May 17th.
I can’t help but wonder which genius actually thought approving Kindergarten Cop 2 for production was a good idea.
Straight-to-Video movies are a mixed bag, but mostly the bag is full of garbage. I’m not 100% opposed to straight to video movies; for example, I’m okay with straight-to-video animated films or straight-to-video films that are continuations of television shows in order to tie up loose ends or continue with the story (examples: Stargate SG-1, Futurama, animated DC Comics films). What I am opposed to are straight-to-video films that try to capitalize on a hit movie with unnecessary and unwanted sequels made for a quick cash grab. Movies like American Pie, Home Alone, Bring it On, Into the Blue, and Honey were all successes at the box office or had some sort of cult following to them, but in most cases didn’t warrant a sequel.
Universal and Imagine Entertainment must have really been scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with the idea of a “sequel” to Kindergarten Cop. I use “sequel” in a vague sense, as it has nothing to do with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character, Detective John Kimble, or any of the characters in the original.
I don’t consider Kindergarten Cop to be an outstanding movie, but Schwarzenegger makes the film, especially with his delivery of lines due to his accent (“It’s not a Toomah!”). In addition to the fact Director Ivan Retman and Schwarzenegger work well together when it comes to a comedy, Kindergarten Cop had its dramatic moments. Kindergarten Cop 2 looks nothing more than than a flat-out “comedy” with a ridiculous plot, poor cinematography, cheap sets, and no soul other than to cash in on the franchise name.
I’m crossing my fingers the sales don’t go well for Kindergarten Cop 2. The last thing we need is Universal trying and milk an unwanted trilogy out of it.