Here Comes the Boom is a comedy, rated PG, about a disenchanted teacher (Kevin James) who found inspiration from a talented and dedicated music teacher (Henry Winkler). Kevin James decided to help Henry Winkler save his music program from the recent budget cuts. Kevin James needed to raise a significant amount of money and figured out that his best chance was to enter a MMA fight. After watching a MMA fight on TV, he decided he could make a bunch of money simply by losing. This led to him having one of his adult students (Niko from a Citizenship class he taught at night) agree to be his trainer (played by legendary MMA fighter Bas Rutten, who absolutely stole the movie). Niko took him on as a student and got him fights at small local shows. You can obviously see where the movie heads to, but the way they got there was funny and touching. Was this movie predictable? Yes, it was. Does this movie take elements from other fighting movies? Yes, it has elements from Rocky and Karate Kid. Yet, we all still enjoyed it. It was funny throughout. There are a bunch of great characters and actors including Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek. Many famous MMA fighters have tiny roles, and it was fun to recognize them (Shoutout to Mayhem Miller). The end of the movie even had a few really touching moments.
Disclosure #1: From my DH: I have to admit - I am a MMA fan and watch UFC regularly which may be why the fight scenes didn't bother me at all. If you have never seen an MMA fight you might want to catch a few minutes of one before heading out to see this movie. Other than that, there is really nothing to find objectionable at all about this film. There is very little cursing that we can remember and absolutely no sex at all. We took two 14 year old boys to this movie and they both loved it. They both found this movie to be hilarious and they sat through it twice in two days.
If you liked Paul Blart - Mall Cop you will probably also like this movie as well. We loved Kevin James in King of Queens and he was just as hilarious in this movie as he was on that show. This is a fun movie that you will enjoy seeing and will laugh about afterwards.
Disclosure #2: We won passes to attend two screenings of this movie. All parts of this review are our own thoughts and ideas and we were not at all influenced by the grouchy reviewers who were sitting in front of us discussing how many minutes the movie would be and how much they were dreading being there. Do not listen to the negative reviews and give this movie a chance!