Movie Review: ‘Boom’ is a fight film with heart and a funny boneOctober 15th, 2012 at 12:34 pm by Stephanie Cooke under THRS Movie Reviews
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In Here Comes the Boom Kevin James plays Scott Voss — a former collegiate wrestler and one-time teacher of the year who seems to have lost the will to teach. Voss has given up and given in. He doesn’t care if he is inspiring his class or not.
Enter Henry Winkler as Marty, the music teacher who’s job is about to be slashed from the school budget along with the school’s music program. Voss isn’t going to take this lying down and when he finds out how much MMA guys get paid to fight and lose… well, it’s game on.
Scott’s brother Eric (Gary Valentine) thinks he’s crazy and is dealing with his own mid-life crisis. And the school nurse Bella (Selma Hayek) is right behind him.
Scott begins training and that leads to him caring about his life — and the students –again. The story builds to the fight of Scott’s life, with more than his ego on the line.
Here Comes the Boom is a status quo comedy with heart. You laugh out loud and it takes you to that sensitive side, too. The story line is a little tired. We’ve seen this kinda thing before. The underdog thing has been done before and with more interesting characters.
James does deliver as always on the laughs, but also shows he can get tender when he needs to. It’s actually a likeable character turn for him.
Overall, Boom is fun for its intended audience and, for the rest of us, if you can stop picking apart the stale character development and predictable ending, you might enjoy it as well.
TWO OUT OF FIVE COOKIES.
Rated PG for MMA violence, crude humor and language.