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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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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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No one will fight for his students like Mr. Voss. 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)

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$11,816,596 (USA) (12 October 2012)

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$45,290,318 (USA) (15 February 2013)
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Kevin James started physically preparing for the role 14 months before filming. He lost around 70-80 pounds. See more »

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During the final fight scene with Ken Dietrick the end of Round two is crowned by Dietrick throwing a Haymaker into Scott's lower jaw. This knocks out Scott's mouth guard, you see the mouth guard fly out of his mouth, and land on the wire of the octagon, in the next shot you see it still hanging on the wire. Yet Scott has to hazily walk halfway across the octagon to retrieve his mouth guard from the floor. See more »

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[first lines]
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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References The King of Queens (1998) 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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