Here Comes the Boom (2012)
Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old biology teacher who has lost his interest in teaching. He is late to class and doesn’t even really teach for that matter. To make matters worse he works in a failing high school that due to money issues is cutting the music program and thus laying off a tenure teacher Marty Streb (Henry Winkler). Scott doesn’t take kindly to the cut he sees it as picking on Marty plus he isn’t a big fan of the principal in the first place, so he tries to rally the teachers to raise the money needed to keep the music program going. When no one decides to help him except Marty and the school nurse Bella (Salma Hayek), Scott decides to take an on out of the box approach and he moonlights as a mixed martial arts fighter because you get money even if you lose. Scott gains more than just money through his efforts, he regains his love for teaching and he becomes a hero to his students who rally around him. Also starring Greg Germann, Joe Rogan, Charice, Reggie Lee, Mark DellaGrotte, Gary Valentine, Bas Rutten.
Here Comes the Boom is better than you would think it would be. The critics slammed it pretty hard but really Here Comes the Boom is pretty solid entertainment with a heartfelt story that really doesn’t disappoint. The story might seem a little out there when you first think about it but it is presented in a pretty realistic and believable way. Kevin James is expectedly funny and paired with the older Henry Winkler they are a true odd couple that you love to laugh at. Honestly Salma Hayek was the miscast for me. Seems like she is way out of league for Kevin James’s character and she is just out-of-place in general. I am sure there a sufficiently good-looking but more believable actress out there for this role. Other highlight for me was Bass Rutten who plays Nico, a wannabe US citizen and past fighter who trains Scott for MMA. He is just adorable! While the ending and general theme of the plot are somewhat expected there were definitely elements of surprise. And amazingly it was a fairly clean movie, aside from the MMA violence, that would make for a decent family night watch.
8/10 Stars – A bit expected but there are definitely surprising elements and of course its funny!
It is pretty safe to say that everyone knows the formula for this type of movie, but in the case of Here Comes the Boom, rather than try to hide the fact that the story is cliché, it uses it as a teaching tool for teens and young adults. Usually, this kind of movie I would dog for not being original or intelligent, but Kevin James puts heart into his character and takes a simple idea to the next level. He is inspirational and says the things that many of us are too afraid to say if put in the same position. The age group that will get the most out of this movie are people 10-25. This age group is still trying to learn things about who they are inside and how to stand up for what is right. Anyone with a good head on their shoulders might find this movie too juvenile but overall it isn’t a horrible movie nor is it a waste of time. Just wait for Blu-Ray to see it…
7/10 Stars – Kevin James makes this movie more than it is on paper. Plenty of heart and lessons to be learned…
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