Ultimately, the film is much too derivative to stand (and deliver) on its own, but at its best moments, it proves amiably average, chiefly due to James' natural charms.
It isn't nearly as funny or inspiring as it wants to be, but it makes a legitimate effort.
A lightweight action-comedy that only tries to entertain, but at least it meets that modest goal. And it knocks out lighter weight comedies like The School of Rock.
| Original Score: 7/10
The highly likeable Kevin James headlines a highly likeable school/sports comedy lark in which he again plays a lovable oaf.
| Original Score: 3/5
The 'Mr. Holland's Opus' meets 'Rocky II' story will satisfy some who long for innocuous content, even those who know James deserves better material.
| Original Score: C
An average made-for-TV-type movie that makes its way onto the big screen, 'Here Comes the Boom' doesn't pack much of a punch.
| Original Score: 2/4
Now, then. When is Stallone going to start playing a head teacher? Maybe the switch would work the other way...
| Original Score: 1/5
105 painful minutes of a fat guy getting punched in the face and falling down.
| Original Score: 2/5
Merely the kind of film that once it's on DVD will end up as necessarily mindless fodder for bench-pressing numbskulls to watch in a gym.
The film aims to be simultaneously a coarse sentimental little-guy comedy, a tale of embracing the American dream, and an increasingly serious underdog fight movie on the lines of Rocky. It fails on all three counts.
Couldn't Kevin have raised the money by selling hard drugs or trafficking underage women? The closing scenes would, under those circumstances, have seemed only marginally less peculiar.
There's nothing here that you haven't seen a dozen times before and done much better.
I went in with rock-bottom expectations and came out pleasantly surprised. It isn't completely awful.
The Wedding Singer's Frank Coraci retains an endearing fondness for funny-faced bit-parts, but it's fundamentally formulaic in construction and mediocre in execution.
A fantasia of hackneyed conceits about education ...
Every now and again a film comes along that could play as a parody of itself with minimal alteration, and 90 per cent of them seem to have some kind of connection to Adam Sandler.
Daft but hard to dislike ...
Surprisingly enjoyable, thanks to strong comic performances, likeable characters and direction that gets the tone exactly right.
Unfortunately, the comedy is strictly from the undercard.
As an undemanding time-passer, Here Comes The Boom just about goes the distance.