After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you.
Prior to filming, Bas Rutten met a man at a party who tried to claim that he knew a unique form of "Street Karate" which had a special routine of fight moves that had "saved his life six or seven times" from attackers in the past. Oblivious to the fact that Rutten was a professional martial artist, the man then demonstrated the his routine, which consisted of a string of obviously choreographed and impractical head-butts, knee strikes and stamps. Rutten was so amused by this mans obvious lie that he incorporated the man's alleged "routine" into his Niko's dance class in the film. See more »
When Scott Voss is at the vending machine, he pulls out two packets of chips that drop, throwing one to a student who saw him. In the next shot he is seen holding two packets of chips again. See more »
What A Pleasant Surprise! Capraesque Feel Good Film!
High art this is not but anyone that expects high level stuff from a movie with this premise is not watching it with the right frame of mind. It's a good old fashion feel good film with a message. Dare I say Capraesque? I wouldn't even classify this as a comedy. It's a fantasy of goodwill film that induces plenty of smiles and packs heart. Kevin James is perfect in the lead and his common man qualities play extremely well here. They lean on the Rocky formula a lot but that's not necessarily a bad thing. One thing is for sure, Salma Hayek is the hottest "Adrian" type love interest to ever play in this type of film. She's amazing throughout. A warm shout out to Henry Winkler who is also perfectly cast as the somewhat eccentric music teacher with the heart of gold.
A wonderful surprise that I enjoyed very much.
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