Although the script co-written by Kevin James and Allan Loeb for Here Comes the Boom is somewhat predictable, the overall story is amusing and meant to be inspiring. James also produces the film that Frank Coraci directs and it overall seems as if the cast leads, James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler all seem to be having fun at the same time they are working.
James seems to have a better time acting in this film, perhaps because he has some control over the lines instead of acting out some of the more stupid scripts he has accepted in the past. The story is overall good and while meant to be inspiring, some of the things he achieves over the course of the movie are not credulous. If the viewer does go into the film pretty much knowing what kind of film they are going to pay to see, then they will have a good time with watching James go from a bored out of his gore teacher to someone who cares about others and shoots back into athletics and winning after having been so sedentary in his career.
In the comedy Here Comes the Boom, former college wrestler Scott Voss (James) is a 42-year-old biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher Marty Streb (Henry Winkler), Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella Flores (Salma Hayek). But in his quest, as Scott becomes more and more committed to fighting for the students, he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school.
Academy Award® nominee Salma Hayek has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer and director, in both film and television. She received an Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG nomination and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress for the title role in Julie Taymor’s Frida (2002). This is after she has worked in approximately over 20 other feature films and additionally, TV movies and series before these 2002 awards. Subsequently, she did nine more films and worked on the TV series 30 Rock and Ugly Betty.
In 2011, Hayek wrapped French filmmaker Mathieu Demy’s Americano, the Spanish film La Chispa de la Vida from director Álex de la Iglesia and she voiced Kitty Softpaws alongside Antonio Banderas in Puss in Boots.
This year, Hayek starred in the animated feature film, The Pirates! Band of Misfits (April), Oliver Stone’s Savages (July), with Benico del Toro, John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Blake Lively. Now, she stars opposite Kevin James in Here Comes the Boom, and she seems to handle comedy work pretty well and enjoy it in front of the camera too.
It is PG, but it does have quite a few scenes of violence in the mixed martial arts matches, so viewers be ware. The film is in theaters as of today, October 12, 2012.
Rating C+ due to the predictable story, but otherwise it makes an ok matinee film. EL