Here Comes the Boom (2012)

PG   |    |  Action, Comedy, Sport


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A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.


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  • Kevin James in Here Comes the Boom (2012)
  • Salma Hayek in Here Comes the Boom (2012)
  • Kevin James and Mark DellaGrotte in Here Comes the Boom (2012)
  • Salma Hayek and Kevin James in Here Comes the Boom (2012)

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18 January 2013 | intelearts
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| 525th Review: Huge surprise -James finally makes very good indeed
This has real charm, motivation, comedy, and a superb Henry Winkler and Selma Hayek - and a very good Bas Rutten as the coach who will be getting a ton of work based on this - all in all this is a surprise from beginning to end - and James finally seems to have learnt to rein it in and learnt that OTT all the time is just deadening.

So, a confession - Mall Cop, not my favorite movie, just OK, the one at the zoo, definitely not my thing (or my kids), so I had very low expectations indeed going in to see Boom - but what a difference! The plot is simple: loser teacher seeks to raise school funds by becoming a MMA fighter. And it works. The surprise is how inspirational this is - the school aspect is a really smart move - and totally lifts the movie.

If you want a pizza movie you could do much much worse, this is a well-made, well-judged, and fun movie. One strongly suspects that James found a character he could totally connect with and it gives him what he does best - heart.

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