Here Comes the Boom

  • 12
  • Frank Coraci (2012)
  • US
  • 100 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This hit-and-miss comedy stars Kevin James (Zookeeper) as a jaded biology teacher and former college wrestling champion. In order to save his school's music department and the job of timid colleague Henry Winkler, James moonlights as a mixed martial arts fighter. A series of bruising and embarrassing encounters in the ring (actually a cage) brings his exploits to the attention of disapproving superiors, but will they help him win the heart of feisty school nurse Salma Hayek? The inspirational life lessons of Dead Poets Society and underdog melodrama of Rocky may seem an odd pairing on paper, but James's ordinary Joe charm and quick wit help carry director Fred Coraci's film through its stuttering storyline and predictable plot twists. And, in the midst of the one-liners and slapstick set-pieces, the script even attempts to shoehorn in a commentary on failing education systems and the therapeutic value of music.

Plot Summary

Premiere. A biology teacher discovers his school is planning to save money by closing down the music department, leaving his friend out of a job. He puts his college wrestling skills to use and becomes a mixed martial arts fighter, hoping to win enough money to put things right and gain hero status with his students in the process. Comedy, starring Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler.

Cast and crew


Scott Voss
Kevin James
Bella Flores
Salma Hayek
Marty Streb
Henry Winkler
Principal Betcher
Greg Germann
Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan
Eric Voss
Gary Valentine
Bas Rutten


Frank Coraci

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, some swearing.
Released 9 Nov 2012
Certificate 12