Conclusion: It's sort of amazing that all the clichés in this movie don't pummel it to the ground. Somehow, by the end, it's still standing. Mostly with the help of a couple of delightful supporting actors. Sony has provided another solid presentation all the way around. I'm not so sure I'd go as far as putting out a recommendation for 'Here Comes the Boom', but I'd definitely say that it's worth a look if you're even the least bit curious.
Excerpt: Some may have not seen this coming, but I really enjoyed Here Comes the Boom , starring Kevin James, who takes on the role of a teacher trying to save the school’s music program by becoming an MMA fighter. I will say this, I may not be a big fan of what has come out of Happy Madison productions lately, but I was strangely intrigued by this film.
Excerpt: So there’s this teacher, and he needs money. In desperation, he decides to enter the ring and fight MMA. His school isn’t too happy about it and… Wait, this is NOT Warrior ? But seriously, Here Comes the Boom has a lot of familiarity, from the direct rip from the Mark Wahlberg drama Warrior to every inspirational sports movie ever. Pepper in a little of Happy Madison style, and you end up with a Kevin James movie.
Conclusion: No doubt about it, there are some generic themes at work in Here Comes the Boom , but they're also wholesome and timeless themes. Certainly, the movie is pretty far fetched (OK, a lot far fetched), but it's nevertheless an example of good, honest storytelling that champions selflessness, friendship, and dedication to a task. The movie is well-made, perfectly cast, and faultlessly acted.
Excerpt: Kevin James’ greatest strength isn’t his willingness to fall down or his quick tongue; it’s his ability to be funny without ever seeming like a professional comedian. His natural sense of humor comes out like a series of jokes we might actually think up on a good day, which is why he’s particularly suited to playing a naturally funny everyman for us to laugh with. Unlike many of his former movies, Here Comes The Boom actually seems to understand this.
Excerpt: Where the sentimentality in Adam Sandler vehicles often feels clumsily shoehorned in as an afterthought, the Happy Madison-produced films of Sandler protégé Kevin James are committed to phony uplift. These groan-inducing celebrations of schmaltz seemingly exist for the many moments where inspirational strings soar while supporting characters gaze admiringly at James as he travels a predictable arc from apathetic loser to underdog hero.
Summary: Reuniting Everyman thesp Kevin James with "Zookeeper" director Frank Coraci, this "Rocky"-esque tale is a triumph of recycling, with James playing a biology teacher-turned-UFC fighter out to save his high school's music program.