Here Comes the Boom


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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In the comedy Here Comes the Boom, former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler,) Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy - most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek) - but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school. -- (C) Official Site

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Kevin James
as Scott Voss
Salma Hayek
as Bella Flores
Henry Winkler
as Marty Streb
Reggie Lee
as Mr. De La Cruz
Greg Germann
as Principal Betcher
Gary Valentine
as Eric Voss
Joe Rogan
as Himself
Mookie Barker
as Assistant Principal Elkins
Jackie Flynn
as Joe Duffy
Nikki Tyler-Flynn
as Mollie Streb
Melissa Peterman
as Lauren Voss
Thomas Gallagher
as Peter Voss
Blaine Stevens
as Mary Shannon Voss
Richard Arum
as French Man
John C. Blenn
as Bearded Board Member
Gabriel Ricker
as Student in Stairwell
Evan Reuben
as Student Bassist
Krzysztof Soszynski
as Ken Dietrich
Bruce Buffer
as Himself
Herb Dean
as Himself
Lenny Clarke
as Loud Dietrich Fan
Ryan Parsons
as Dietrich's Cornerman
Jason Miller
as "Lucky" Patrick Murphy
Jeff Sussman
as Ref at College Gymnasium
Scott Voss
as Tattooed Man at Factory
James Robinson
as Fighter at Factory
Juston McKinney
as Ref Factory
Richie Minervini
as Announcer at Factory
Rafael Cordeiro
as Fighter at Pier
Nicholas Turturro
as Ref at Pier
Craig Minervini
as Announcer at Pier
Satoshi Ishii
as Fighter at Fairgrounds
Michael Burton
as Ref at Fairgrounds
Mark Munoz
as Fighter at Lombardo's
George Klein
as Ref at Lombardo's
Romulo Barral
as Fighter at Horse Arena
Gino Falsetto
as Ref at Horse Arena
Chael Sonnen
as Arguing Fighter
Natalie Boss
as Health Club Receptionist
Daniel Guire
as Yoga Student
Frank Coraci
as Disoriented Gym Patron
Joshua Anderson
as Man with Guitar
Odis Spencer
as Citizenship Official
Melchor Menor
as Sityodtong Gym Fighter
Danny Perez
as Sityodtong Gym Fighter
Neil LeGallo
as Sityodtong Gym Fighter
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Critic Reviews for Here Comes the Boom

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (23)

  • 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.

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

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Oct 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 ...

    Oct 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.

    Oct 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Why doesn't most of this movie take place in a coma ward?

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

    Frank Lovece

    Top Critic
  • "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.

    Oct 12, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Here Comes the Boom

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
Al S

Super Reviewer

"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 Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Here Comes the Boom was a film that I knew my low expectations would be met with no disappointments. I mean, I like Kevin James. I think he's a pretty funny guy. I even took notice to his more slender built. He must have physically worked hard for this role. But it seems like every Kevin James film or Adam Sandler film there is all of these recycled actors in the mix. The films are basically made up of other actors they are friends with. You get a new face here and there, but it's mostly the same cast in every film. I guess it's nice of them to give them roles to keep them employed. But it gets a bit old. So does these unfunny films. I liked that they gave notice to how important the music is in schools. But all of the rest was farfetched. I laughed a couple times, but still the film fell flat. I only even watched it because my nephew loves Kevin Smith (He's obsessed with that damn mall movie he's in). It's not something I would see again unless I caught it on T.V. Well that and if my nephew begs me. I can't say no to him. He is my kryptonite.


Super Reviewer

I sat down and watched this one with the wife and we both really enjoyed it. It's not breaking any new ground in story telling but the characters are likable and there are some really funny moments. Kevin James does a really good job playing a teacher who seems to have lost his excitement for his job and we get to see him regain it. I like that his character is a likable guy and someone that you could look up to because he's a good guy and not just because he's the main character. We don't have those in comedies very often anymore. I also like that this is a film I would be fine with letting my kids watch. The fighting isn't too violent and there are no crude moments to be found.I recommend this one.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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