Here Comes the Boom
Comedy (Sports, Family)
Running Time: 105 minutes
Starring: Kevin Smith, Henry Winkler, Salma Hayek, Greg Germann, Bas Rutten
Directed By: Frank Coraci
Rating: 4 out of 10
A high school biology teacher is forced to MMA fight, so he can raise enough money to save his friends job.
I once got food poisoning from eating baby carrots. What happened to my stomach for the next 12 hours could be appropriately described by the title of this film. It was also a more pleasant experience to go through than this movie was. Obviously I only jest, and to be fair this was better than I thought it would be. Here Comes the Boom is the story of Scott Voss. He is a high school biology teacher that tries to become a professional MMA (mixed-martial arts) fighter. He hopes to raise enough money to save his schools extracurricular programs from being cancelled.
Kevin James plays Scott Voss, and you know what? He is actually very good in the role. He is likeable as the goofy yet loveable teacher, and he is fun to watch in the ring. James is in no way a fighter, but he doesn’t look out of place in the ring. I liked James, but the problem is with his supporting cast. Henry Winkler plays the teacher whose job is going to be cancelled, and talk about vanilla. Winkler’s gentle humor wouldn’t have been funny in the 1960’s let alone today. He bumbles his way through this movie, making mistakes as Voss’s unofficial manager. He forgets the ring chair, he forgets the theme music, and he forgets that he is supposed to be funny. Salma Hayek plays Voss’s love interest and she is little more than a tight shirt in this. Pick any actress out there, and she could have filled in for Hayek.
Director Frank Coraci, loves to make movies that are light hearted with positive vibes (The Waterboy, Zookeeper). The problem is that he is so formulaic, that his films always seem one dimensional. His incorporation of real MMA fighters was the right touch, and his pacing does keep the viewer interested. I liked this films message and I liked the progression. The problem is this film was not funny in the slightest, and Coraci does nothing to make it funny. He did an okay job on a film that should have been god awful, so I will give him a pass.
I cannot recommend this film but it was way better than expected.
T Factor + If you like family/feel good films, then this could score higher on the rating scale.
T Factor – If you do not like Kevin James as an actor, then this could score lower on the rating scale.