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Here Comes the Boom

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Director: Frank Coraci

Cast: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler


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A devoted high-school teacher risks life and limb as a mixed-martial-arts fighter in order to rescue his school's music program from the cutting block in this action comedy from director Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Click). Back in his prime, Scott Voss (


A devoted high-school teacher risks life and limb as a mixed-martial-arts fighter in order to rescue his school's music program from the cutting block in this action comedy from director Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Click). Back in his prime, Scott Voss (Kevin James) was a collegiate wrestler with some fairly impressive moves. Now, at 42, he teaches biology at troubled Wilkinson High School. Mr. Voss has begun to grow deeply indifferent in his role as an educator when a troubling announcement stirs him to action. Effective immediately, Wilkinson High will be eliminating all extracurricular activities. Suddenly, the most apathetic teacher on the staff has a reason to get involved. But how is a typical high-school teacher like Mr. Voss supposed to raise the $48,000 needed to save the music program from going belly up? Upon learning that some MMA fighters earn $10,000 just for stepping into the ring, Mr. Voss vows to get back in shape, and subject himself to a series of brutal beatings so his students won't have to go without. Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler co-star.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
To paraphrase the quip that started the David Cross/Patton Oswalt feud, the script for Here Comes the Boom feels like something Vince Vaughn read and threw across the room -- where it promptly hit Kevin James in the head. The movie's main character, Scott Voss (James), is a burned-out teacher who begins a career as an MMA fighter in order to raise the money necessary to save his high school's music program. The character's arc, as he goes from disinterested slob to warmhearted good guy, fits Vaughn's persona perfectly, but James co-wrote the screenplay, so he obviously intended it for himself all along. Produced by Adam Sandler and directed by longtime Sandler collaborator Frank Coraci, Here Comes the Boom does not lack competency. It moves along at a solid pace, there's a well-timed puking gag, the climactic fight scene effectively builds a little bit of tension, and the cast are uniformly likable -- you have to work hard to make Henry Winkler (playing the band instructor whose job is on the line) and Salma Hayek (the hot school nurse Scott wants to date) annoying. Former MMA fighter Bas Rutten gets many of the movie's best moments as a Dutch immigrant who trains Scott, and he has enough charisma that you kind of wish the film focused more on him than James. There's not much more to say about the movie, aside from the fact that it's yet another by-the-numbers project from a performer who seems unwilling or unable to challenge himself or his audience. He's happy to paint himself as a second-rate Vince Vaughn this time out, and looking back over James' career, isn't "second-rate" really the best adjective to describe it? King of Queens was a ratings hit, but it was never as respected or popular as Everybody Loves Raymond when they both aired (often on the same night) on CBS. The romantic comedy Hitch allowed him to ride Will Smith's substantial box-office coattails to a promising film career that found James quickly coming under the guidance of Adam Sandler in the firefighters-pretending-to-be-gay movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. He became a leading man with the limp, family-friendly Paul Blart: Mall Cop (produced by Sandler), and rehashed Eddie Murphy's Dr. Dolittle franchise with Zookeeper (again produced by Sandler). Being second-rate is not an inherently awful quality. After all, James has effectively established himself as a safe and genial screen presence, and he seems happy to be this for the rest of his life -- "this" being the comedic equivalent of Burger King. While there are some people who will argue a Whopper is so much better than a Big Mac, nobody thinks about it after they've eaten it. Like that Whopper, Here Comes the Boom will leave your body almost as quickly as it goes in.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Gag reel; Cast featurette; ; Blu-ray exclusives:; Back to school: Henry Winkler shows us his classroom; Learning how to fight - Kevin James gets schooled; Gino vs. Ritchies - a challenge caught on camera; Three amigos - behind the scenes fun with Bas Rutten, Henry Winkler and Mark DellaGrotte; The pros - meet the film's reel MMA fighters

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin James Scott Voss
Salma Hayek Bella Flores
Henry Winkler Marty Streb
Greg Germann Principal Betcher
Joe Rogan Himself
Gary Valentine Eric Voss
Charice Malia
Bas Rutten Niko
Reggie Lee Mr. De La Cruz
Mark DellaGrotte Himself
Mookie Barker Assistant Principal Elkins
Jackie Flynn Joe Duffy
Nikki Tyler-Flynn Mollie Streb
Melissa Peterman Lauren Voss
Thomas Gallagher Peter Voss
Blaine Stevens Mary Shannon Voss
J. Michael Trautmann Derrick
Germaine De Leon Martinez
Steven Ritchie Brian
Shelly Desai Miguel
Earnestine Phillips Muba
Richard Arum French Man
Nils Veenstra Nard
Phillippe Stella Jan Cornelis Koen
John C. Blenn Bearded Board Member
Gabriel Ricker Student in Stairwell
Evan Reuben Student Bassist
Krzysztof Soszynski Ken Dietrich
Lenny Clarke Loud Dietrich Fan
Ryan Parsons Dietrich's Cornerman
Jason "Mayhem" Miller "Lucky" Patrick Murphy
Jeff Sussman Ref at College Gymnasium
Scott Voss Tattooed Man at Factory
James Robinson Fighter at Factory
Juston McKinney Ref Factory
Richie Minervini Announcer at Factory
Rafael Cordeiro Fighter at Pier
Nick Turturro Ref at Pier
Craig Minervini Announcer at Pier
Satoshi Ishii Fighter at Fairgrounds
Michael Burton Ref at Fairgrounds
Mark Munoz Fighter at Lombardo's
George Klein Ref at Lombardo's
Romulo Barral Fighter at Horse Arena
Gino Falsetto Ref at Horse Arena
Chael Sonnen Arguing Fighter
Natalie Boss Health Club Receptionist
Daniel Guire Yoga Student
Joshua Anderson Man with Guitar
Odis Spencer Citizenship Official
Melchor Menor Sityodtong Gym Fighter
Danny Perez Sityodtong Gym Fighter
Neil LeGallo Sityodtong Gym Fighter
Marie DellaGrotte Herself

Technical Credits
Frank Coraci Director
Alan Au Art Director
Justine Baddeley Casting
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Kimberly Davis-Wagner Casting
Marty P. Ewing Executive Producer
Gino Falsetto Associate Producer
Todd Garner Producer
Jack Giarraputo Executive Producer
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Hill Editor
Kevin James Producer,Screenwriter
Simon Jones Set Decoration/Design
Aimee Keen Co-producer
Allan Loeb Screenwriter
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
Rock Reuben Co-producer
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Adam Sandler Executive Producer
Jeff Sussman Executive Producer
Carme Tenuta Makeup
Alexis Walker Makeup


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Here Comes the Boom 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This wasn't that bad actually. Okay movie.