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Here Comes the Boom (2012)

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A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.

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Joe Rogan
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Malia (as Charice)
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Mr. De La Cruz
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Molie Streb
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Thomas Gallagher ...
Peter Voss
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A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.

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One teacher still believes in fighting for his students. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language | See all certifications »

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12 October 2012 (USA)  »

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El maestro luchador  »

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$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,816,596 (USA) (14 October 2012)

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$45,290,318 (USA)
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Near the beginning of the film, Scott Voss is "teaching" his class and puts a newspaper over his head. On the paper is a photo of a hockey player with the headline "Season Suspended," suggesting a suspended hockey season. When this film was released in the fall of 2012, there really was a suspended hockey season due to a player lockout. See more »

Goofs

When eating with Niko, Marty, and Mark the night before a fight, Scott Voss gets pied in the face with a cherry pie. The remnants of the pie are shown in one shot under his nose, then it flips to another shot and is under his nose and on his chin, then flips back and is only under his nose again. See more »

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Scott Voss: [upon waking up] Oh, god!
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The shadow of the film's title reflects on the pavement. See more »

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Featured in The Big Review: Episode #1.11 (2012) See more »

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Optimus Bellum Domitor
Written by Mike Sak (as Michael E. Sak)
Performed by Sak, Williams & Welch
Courtesy of Zuffa Music, LLC / Striking And Killer Audio Enterprises, LLC
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525th Review: Huge surprise -James finally makes very good indeed
18 January 2013 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

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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