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Here Comes the Boom

  • Comedy
  • 2012
  • Frank Coraci
  • 100 mins
  • 12A

Summary

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Scott VossKevin James
Bella FloresSalma Hayek
Marty StrebHenry Winkler
Principal BetcherGreg Germann
Joe RoganJoe Rogan
Eric VossGary Valentine
MaliaCharice
NikoBas Rutten

Crew

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DirectorFrank Coraci

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2012-11-09
Guidance
Violence, some swearing.
Formats
Colour
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