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.
While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down when Donny resurfaces just before Todd's wedding.
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. Bas Rutten (Nico) became well known during his fighting career for favoring punches and kicks to the liver of his opponents. See more »
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 »
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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