Review: James Brings “The Boom”

Anyone who’s seen “King of Queens” knows who Kevin James is and have probably kept track of his work through the years. However, after that comedy gold sitcom, his works haven’t really been the same.

James has succeeded countless times as playing the friendly guy-next-door in “Hitch” and “Grown Ups” as a supporting character but didn’t own his star roles in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” or “Zookeeper.”

James plays Scott Voss, a high school biology teacher at a school that’s been slipping through the cracks, along with his life. When the school makes an announcement that the music program will be cut and the music teacher, Marty (Henry Winkler), will be losing his job, he decides to raise the $48,000 needed to save it.

He starts by taking up a job helping immigrants prepare for citizenship. There he meets former MMA fighter, Niko (Bass Rutten) from Holland. When Voss decides to help Niko with a little extra tutoring outside of class, it seems like the answer to his problem has been solved. Amateur MMA fighting will solve everything, after all, you even get paid when you lose. Niko trains him and gets him fights and as Voss gets better the pay increaces.

Everything is looking up until all the money is embezzled and everything depends on a single fight. At the beginning of the round it seems like there’s no hope for the school’s music program but, as cliche as every script is nowadays, Voss ultimately wins the fight and is able to deliver the $40,000 and keep the program alive for years to come.

“Here Comes the Boom” is lacking in humor but the heart-filled script makes up for it. This movie is clean, family movie that any kid, mom, or dad would enjoy as long as they aren’t looking for intense fight scenes.

“Here Comes the Boom” is rated PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language.

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