Movie Review: HERE COMES THE BOOM

(l to r): Bas Ruttten, Henry Winkler, Mark DellaGrotte cheer on Kevin James

Release date: October 12, 2012
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Written by: Allan Loeb & Kevin James, Rock Reuben
Cast: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler
Rating: R; Running Time: 105 minutes

For a comedy looking at the concept of never giving up in the face of impossible odds, Here Comes the Boom echoes the kind of determination found in its lead actor Kevin James. Because no matter the string of flaccid flops, James kept going to the mat with such disasters as Zookeeper, The Dilemma, Grown Ups, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. Frankly, it’s a wonder James kept showing up for work. But now, Chuck & Larry aside, we’ve got a pronouncement of our own: Here Comes the Boom packs quite the punch.

Though he’s often employed his comedic writing talent to earlier films, here James successfully capitalizes on his charming, slightly sadsack everyman. Playing a biology teacher in an economically foundering Boston high school, James’ Scott Voss has all but lost his fighting spirit in the classroom, and is as apathetic as his students. He shows up late and disheveled to class, not bothering to mask his disinterest … even his attempts to win over the pretty school nurse Bella (Salma Hayek) are half-hearted at best. But when his music teacher friend and colleague Marty (Henry Winkler) is about to lose his job due to lack of funding, Scott shakes off his top layer of apathy as he comes up with a plan. Since he once wrestled in college, the best he can do is try to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. And the more he gets involved in the sport, the more he starts to believe that he just might win.

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