Here Comes the Boom

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Here Comes the Boom benefits from Kevin James's genial presence but the film doesn't deliver enough laughs to live up to its title -- or enough satisfying plot to make up the difference.

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Once a collegiate wrestler, Scott Voss (Kevin James) is now a 42-year-old, apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten the school's music program and its teacher (Henry Winkler), Scott springs into action. He dusts off his long-unused wrestling skills and earns money for the program by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Though the school nurse (Salma Hayek) thinks he's crazy, Scott gains something he never expected, and the school rallies behind him.

Cast & Crew

Kevin James
Scott Voss
Salma Hayek
Bella Flores
Henry Winkler
Marty Streb
Greg Germann
Principal Betcher
Reggie Lee
Mr. De La Cruz
Allan Loeb
Screenwriter
Kevin James
Screenwriter
Adam Sandler
Executive Producer
Jack Giarraputo
Executive Producer
Jeff Sussman
Executive Producer
Marty P. Ewing
Executive Producer
Phil Meheux
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Critic Reviews for Here Comes the Boom

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  • 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.

    November 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

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  • A fantasia of hackneyed conceits about education ...

    November 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 12, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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 ...

    October 12, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Here Comes the Boom

  • Mar 09, 2014
    The basic formula in this one is a simply as it gets. The super-likeable fun-bear Kevin James is a low down teacher who lost his touch and - inspired by the setback of a fellow - decided to save his buddy and himself along the way. Feelgood vibe all over. Yet, the film takes a turn for the bizarre when the hero decides to win over everyone's heart by becoming a cage fighter. I dont know about everyone else, but cage fighting looks and feels light years away from family fun in my book and seeing our chubby hero getting beat up or beating up others into the world of unconsciousness really does not have the same jolly ring to it as Arielle longing for love or Merida jolting through the highlands. Not sure why this was even awarded best family film at some strange awards, maybe the Annual Film Awards for the violent domestic male ? Who knows. Apart from some one liners and James' usual funny routines, you can easily forget about this one.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2013
    A wonderful and great surprise. A hilarious and wickedly enjoyable comedy that's filled with action and heart. Kevin James wins by a knockout in this one. Henry Winkler is terrific. Baz Rutton is a blast to watch. A tremendously enjoyable and immensely watchable comedy that works on any level. Its nothing but a good time from start to finish.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2013
    Good movie, makes you almost like professional mixed martial arts!
    Nikki M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2013
    "Here Comes the Boom" takes no risks whatsoever. The humor doesn't connect and the story is lacking. But you know what? It's a fun time all because of the lovable presence of Kevin James and the humorous Bas Rutten. "Here Comes the Boom" won't leave a lasting impression on your mind, but it's an enjoyable time at the movies.
    Albert K Super Reviewer

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