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Weak humor and vanilla plotting have replaced legitimate drama, pathos, and character development.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's nice that the hero goes to the mat for what he believes in. But he's not the only thing that comes down with a thud.
It delivers exactly what's expected from a flabby mishmash of high school inspirational tale and Mixed Martial Arts fighting exhibitionism ladled out by Adam Sandler running mate Frank Coraci ...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Here Comes the Boom will probably connect like a haymaker with most of its intended audience. The leads are likeable, and the plot, though beyond incredible, is at the very least distracting.
Why doesn't most of this movie take place in a coma ward?
"Here Comes the Boom" is so full of clichés from other, better movies that it is almost plays like a parody of an underdog tale.
| Original Score: C
"Here Comes the Boom'' is low on raunch but even lower on laughs. It also looks like half the lighting crew failed to show up.
For the most part, "Boom" lazily follows Adam Sandler's proven recipe for box-office success.
Cage fighting is not inherently funny. In fact, it's the opposite of funny, something like cock fighting only with people, and this presents a problem the movie never completely overcomes.
A moderately enjoyable, nontaxing sort of comedy.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film works hard at its inoffensiveness. Throughout, jokes are left on the table, setups never pay off in any significant way.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Here Comes the Boom telegraphs every punch in its arsenal, but when the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[It] delivers repeated blows - to the abdomen, to the head, and to the groin, but not often enough to the funny bone.
The film would have the same audience that came to see James get elbowed in the face also get weepy over disadvantaged schoolchildren.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Loud, incoherent and unfunny, "Here Comes the Boom" is the sound of American culture imploding.
Call it Waiting for Superman Punch.
"Here Comes the Boom" is all banality, though it delivers some goodwill even as it pulls a muscle trying to get its premise going.
| Original Score: 2/5
Once it gets going and commits to its time-worn inspirational formula, it's not half-bad.
When [James] starts winning some bouts and becoming a contender, the movie's credibility skyrockets into "Rocky" territory and beyond.
The overall tenor is clangorously discordant.
'Here Comes the Boom' is enjoyable -- or, at the very least, not torture like 'Grown Ups' ...