Movie Review: Here Comes the Boom

This low-budget comedy was at our dollar theater a week or so ago.  My wife and I shrugged and went in…

…and came out pleasantly surprised.

The Good:

Kevin James did a yeoman’s job in his role as the earnest and likable “big guy” who is trying to help a fellow teacher keep his job.  Anyone who’s seen a Kevin James comedy won’t be surprised, as the jokes and setups are pretty familiar.  But it’s his chemistry with all his fellow co-stars (Bas Rutten, Henry Winkler, and Salma Hayek) that sparks a genuinely warm-hearted comedy.

Another positive was the accuracy of the Mixed Martial Arts training and training environment.  Many MMA stars made cameos and Bas Rutten was, although over-the-top, a pleasant surprise.  I actually met Bas in person and he told me I did an impression of him better than he did himself!  He was going to demo a liver kick to me but I graciously bowed out. 🙂

This movie was rated PG, and really was a clean PG.  I think there were only two or three swear words.  Salma Hayek must have enjoyed her role immensely, as it did not involve any nudity/sexuality and brought out her comedic talents.  The scene where she resets Kevin’s shoulder was good comedy.

The fight scenes were riveting or funny, or both.  Yes, there was violence, but anyone but the most sensitive would see that it was done tastefully.  Henry Winkler stole the show as a well-meaning but terribly out-of-place corner man.

Kevin James’ brother was a deeper-than expected secondary character.

The UFC climax was done quite well.  It gave the audience an idea of what it would feel like to come out and compete in that venue.

Bonus:  Jack White song in the opening scene.

The Bad:

Jiu Jitsu wasn’t even mentioned!  They didn’t even go over the guard.  At least they attempted to explain an armbar, in a scene where Selma asks Kevin why he taps out like a wuss when the other guy was just holding his hand.

The Ugly:

Nothing ugly in this family-friendly comedy.  Solid three stars out of four.  Definitely worth a Redbox rental.

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