"Here Comes the Boom" (2012)
Staring: Kevin James, Selma Heyek, Henry Winkler
Synopsis: (Courtesy of IMDB) 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.
"Here Comes the Boom" is a family comedy that was highly publicized, but never hit it off with the critics. I can understand why, but at some point I think we need to stop comparing every film to the great classics and maybe accept them for what they are supposed to be, a fun break for a couple hours.
"Here comes the Boom" will not impress you with it's original story ideas, or it amazing acting, but it will entertain you and most likely make you laugh. The story is simple and straight forward, a school is struggling for money and decides to shut down the music program. Kevin James, a teacher who was once teacher of the year but now could care less about his job, decides that he needs to help save the music after he wanders in to a music class and is blown away by the music and the love the teacher (Winkler) has for it. While trying to come up with an idea, he happens to view a UFC match on TV and learns that the losing fighter still makes $10,000 just to show up and decides he could do that. His venture into the octagon goes about as well as you would expect, but in the end he learns some life lesson and grows as a human being. While the story is basic, straight-forward, and some what predictable it makes it no less enjoyable.
I found myself not only enjoying my time with this film, but also laughing quite a bit. Kevin James is his normal funny self and when you combine it with the comedy of Henry Winkler, you are in for some gut busting funny moments. Selma Heyek picks up the rest of the movie with her performance. When all three are together, it is highly enjoyable.
As I mentioned earlier, this is not going to win any awards, or be on anyone's best films list, but it does not mean that it is not a fun film. I think, at times, we put so much emphasis on being original (not saying it's not important) and being the next great film, that we pass up some great movies that might be predictable, but it does not make them any less enjoyable.
Why not take a break and enjoy yourself??
I Give "Here Comes the Boom" 4 out of 5 caged octagons:
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