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When Nico is trying to train Scott in his gym prior to his second fight, Nico mimics punching Scott, calling out "Liver shot" at one point. 'Baz Rutten' (Nico) became well known during his fighting career for favoring punches and kicks to the liver of his opponents. See more »
When Kevin James is riding his motorcycle to the school, he is wearing boots. When he opens the window and enters the classroom he is wearing sneakers. See more »
525th Review: Huge surprise -James finally makes very good indeed
This has real charm, motivation, comedy, and a superb Henry Winkler and Selma Hayek - and a very good Bas Rutten as the coach who will be getting a ton of work based on this - all in all this is a surprise from beginning to end - and James finally seems to have learnt to rein it in and learnt that OTT all the time is just deadening.
So, a confession - Mall Cop, not my favorite movie, just OK, the one at the zoo, definitely not my thing (or my kids), so I had very low expectations indeed going in to see Boom - but what a difference! The plot is simple: loser teacher seeks to raise school funds by becoming a MMA fighter. And it works. The surprise is how inspirational this is - the school aspect is a really smart move - and totally lifts the movie.
If you want a pizza movie you could do much much worse, this is a well-made, well-judged, and fun movie. One strongly suspects that James found a character he could totally connect with and it gives him what he does best - heart.
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