Jason Reitman’s first kiss…in ‘Kindergarten Cop’

Posted by · 9:42 am · November 25th, 2009

Jason Reitman in Kindergarten CopJason Reitman has obviously come into his own as a filmmaker ever since his 2006 debut “Thank You for Smoking.” But once upon a time, he was a star of a different sort: the busted middle-schooler caught smooching in Ivan Reitman’s 1990 comedy “Kindergarten Cop.”

You remember the scene.  The Governator is stalking the hallways looking for that adorable little blond-haired, blue-eyed kid, Dominic.  The school has been set on fire by the creepy long-haired heel of the piece, Dominic’s psycho father.  Detective John Kimble turns a corner into an abandoned room and there they are, two youngsters slipping in a little make-out action during the chaos of the fire alarm.

“We thought it was another drill,” a young Reitman exclaims, voice breaking, shiny braces — the typical cues of preadolescent youth.  He must have been about 12 or 13 at the time.  But even if you were aware of that bit of casting trivia, you might not realize it was actually Reitman’s first kiss.

Yes, Jason Reitman’s first kiss was directed by his father.  I don’t think anyone anywhere can relate to THAT.

“The worst part was getting directions from my dad,” Jason told me over Twitter last night.  “It was really embarrassing.  My kissing was half as bad as my acting.  I doubt she knew it was my first kiss.   Her name was Tiffany.”

I wonder where Tiffany is now.  Does she realize her place in movie history?  Anyway, I thought it would make a nice pre-holiday item, so have a look at the scene in question.  Jason, you dog!

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  • 1 11-25-2009 at 9:52 am

    Kevin said...

    thats pretty funny

  • 2 11-25-2009 at 10:02 am

    Clayton Davis said...

    Hey Kris,

    Just a correction. The little kid’s name was Dominic, not Alex.

  • 3 11-25-2009 at 10:11 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Where did I get Alex from? Anyway, thanks, ha.

  • 4 11-25-2009 at 10:11 am

    Karen said...

    LOL. Nice find.

  • 5 11-25-2009 at 10:20 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    One of the greatest movies of all time.

  • 6 11-25-2009 at 10:45 am

    Zac said...

    I hope you’re joking Chad.

    The movie is also the film debut of Odette Yustman who was the girl in underwear on the poster for The Unborn.

    Thanks to this movie, I can’t say tumor correctly. Damn you, Arnold! :)

  • 7 11-25-2009 at 10:45 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I think I can speak for Chad: He’s not joking.

  • 8 11-25-2009 at 10:56 am

    aspect ratio said...

    A far less lambasted screen debut than that of Sofia Coppola. :D

  • 9 11-25-2009 at 11:04 am

    al b. said...

    Awesome! I love this movie! Arnold has so many memorable lines in this!

  • 10 11-25-2009 at 11:34 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Tapley is correct.

  • 11 11-25-2009 at 11:46 am

    alfie said...

    great film. one of the only times a ‘tough guy looks after kids’ film has worked.
    tyson – all about tyson. love him.

  • 12 11-25-2009 at 11:53 am

    Marshall said...

    It’s NOT A TUMOR!

  • 13 11-25-2009 at 11:58 am

    Cameron said...

    Stop Whining! THERE IS NO BATHROOM!

  • 14 11-25-2009 at 1:13 pm

    Liz said...

    Chad, do you really think this is one of the greatest movies of all time? I’m genuinely curious why.

  • 15 11-25-2009 at 1:38 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    It uses the limited range but unlimited star power of Arnold Schwarzenegger impeccably. It’s wildly schizophrenic in its comedy and action, which I find great. It treats children in danger as harshly as it should, even in a kids film. It’s hilarious. The token female cop partner is actually a strong part. So on and so on.

  • 16 11-25-2009 at 3:01 pm

    Ali E. said...

    I remember seeing Kindergarten Cop three times in theatre… It was soo enjoyable (I was 14 years old)…

  • 17 11-25-2009 at 3:38 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Chad: You do realize it’s possible to have all those traits and not be “one of the greatest films of all time,” right?

  • 18 11-25-2009 at 9:55 pm

    Danny said...

    Great stuff here.

  • 19 11-26-2009 at 10:37 am

    aspect ratio said...

    Speaking of Reitman, I saw him linking this site on his Twitter, click your way to the Short Films section to see three of his shorts, they’re really good!


  • 20 11-27-2009 at 12:29 am

    Kevin said...

    One of my favorite action comedies ever. Reminds me of how awesome the 80s and early 90s were for comedy.