YMMV / Kindergarten Cop

  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Anytime we see John bonding with the kindergarteners and Dominic, when he's not in usual badass Hollywood Action Hero mode and kicking bad guy butt (or in badass action guy mode and kicking any guy's butt if you also count The Terminator where Arnold played the Big Bad). However, Arnold's time using his action guy mode in a heartwarming moment is when he confront one of the kindergarteners' parents who is an Abusive Dad, beats him up and press charges against him.
  • He Really Can Act: Many critics thought this way about Arnold Schwarzenegger in this film.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Barely, but Crisp towards the end could be considered this. He seriously loves his son and the look on his face shows authentic joy when he confronts him and real sadness when his son doesn't recognize him, leading to a grief-stricken Villainous Breakdown. Yeah, he takes him as a hostage, but he could have just bluffed, which made his death an Alas, Poor Villain moment for him.
  • Memetic Mutation: Several lines from the film— notably "Stop whining!" and "Who is your daddy and what does he do?" among others— found themselves on an Arnold Schwarzenegger soundboard used by various radio morning shows for (likely fake) prank calls in the late 90s and early aughts, contributing to their memetic status. "It's not a tumor!" is another one that gets quoted a lot.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger finds himself out of his depth when he has to deal with a class of adorable children: a heartwarming family comedy, right? Well, not really. Between the crackhouse shoot-out that introduces Kimble in all his badass glory, to an abusive father getting punched by the hero, to the blue-lipped junkie cold on the slab after being spiked by the villain, to Kimble dreaming of Crisp shooting him, to O'Hara being caught having noisy sex with her fiancé, to Crisp holding his own five year old son hostage, to Crisp getting shot three times in the chest, to Kimble bleeding out in the corner of a bathroom as Eleanor Crisp demands her grandson, the film is definitely not for children. When they reviewed the film on their show, Siskel & Ebert urged parents to take the PG-13 rating seriously.