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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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Frank Coraci
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin James ... Scott Voss
Salma Hayek ... Bella Flores
Henry Winkler ... Marty Streb
Greg Germann ... Principal Betcher
Joe Rogan ... Joe Rogan
Gary Valentine ... Eric Voss
Jake Zyrus ... Malia (as Charice)
Bas Rutten ... Niko
Reggie Lee ... Mr. De La Cruz
Mark DellaGrotte Mark DellaGrotte ... Mark DellaGrotte
Mookie Barker Mookie Barker ... Assistant Principal Elkins
Jackie Flynn ... Joe Duffy
Nikki Tyler-Flynn ... Molie Streb
Melissa Peterman ... Lauren Voss
Thomas Gallagher Thomas Gallagher ... Peter Voss
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Storyline

Back in his prime, Scott Voss (Kevin James) was a collegiate wrestler with some fairly impressive moves. Now, at 42, he teaches biology at troubled Wilkinson High School. Mr. Voss has begun to grow deeply indifferent in his role as an educator when a troubling announcement stirs him to action. Effective immediately, Wilkinson High will be eliminating all extracurricular activities. Suddenly, the most apathetic teacher on the staff has a reason to get involved. But how is a typical high-school teacher like Mr. Voss supposed to raise the $48,000 needed to save the music program from going belly up? Upon learning that some MMA fighters earn $10,000 just for stepping into the ring, Mr. Voss vows to get back in shape, and subject himself to a series of brutal beatings so his students won't have to go without.

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

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Action | Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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In Scott's second MMA bout, the opponent he fights is famed MMA trainer Rafael Cordeiro. Cordeiro came into prominence training fighters such as Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua, and Wanderlei Silva from the legendary Chute Box camp in Brazil. He has since moved to Orange County, California, and started his own King's MMA Academy. 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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[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 »

Connections

Features Bad Boys II (2003) See more »

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James Brown Is Dead
Written by Denzil Slemming
Performed by L.A. Style
Courtesy of Infinity Records Belgium
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Kevin James brings the Boom
12 October 2012 | by rgblakeySee all my reviews

Whether you find him funny or not, Kevin James has been racking up the hits since focusing on movies. While not all were hit with the critics, he has managed to garner a following. The trailer for his latest Here Comes The Boom looked like a mix of the same old fair that he normally delivers, but does it have any chance of working to deliver a funny comedy or will it end up being just another forced goofy addition to his resume.

Here Comes The Boom follows a biology teacher who is determine to save the music program from being cut in their school by becoming a mixed-martial arts fighter. While the premise is a bit out there and some of the scenarios are a bit far-fetched this movie works surprisingly well. There are plenty of laughs here that work on numerous levels, but depending on how big a fan of James you are will determine how funny they are. The real surprise here was the fact that there was so much more here than just a stupid comedy. The story is a typical underdog tale with comedy, but enough heart to keep you rooting for James throughout the whole film. Gone is the usual over the top bumbling funny fat guy, in its place was a cooler everyman that works perfectly for this story. James steps up to really deliver more than he has to date. He shows not only a good range with some different emotions, but is pretty impressive with his ability to carry the fight scenes. It was nice to see that while this was a comedy, they still took the fighting side of it seriously to deliver something not only believable but entertaining and will suck you right into the action. The rest of the cast do a great job of bringing everything together, with the real highlights being Henry Winkler who is a spitting image of the band teacher in the Simpsons and former MMA legend Bas Rutten. Both of these guys never take themselves seriously and deliver some funny memorable and likable characters.

This movie was a real surprise on almost every level. It delivers an almost Rocky like underdog tale with some over the top funny moments to create something completely unexpected. Kevin James really knocked it out of the park here and hope he sticks to these kinds of roles and continues to stretch his acting range.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Dutch

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,816,596, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$45,290,318

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,100,172
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1.85 : 1
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