“Here Comes the Boom” follows the story of Scott (James), a teacher who was once really confident in education and school however has recently lost his drive. At the same time he finds out that the music department of the school, as well as other departments are going to be cut, which would mean Scott’s friend Marty (Winkler), would lose his job.
This sets Scott off on a quest to try to raise some money to rescue the music department. After watching a UFC fight with a man named Nikko (Rutten), who Scott teaches in a night class for American citizenship, he decides to go in and try to raise money by fighting since he had experience as a Division I wrestler in college.
The plot of the film is a predictable one, being a mix of the old “save the rec center” and “Rocky underdog” stories. However, the film still manages to be fairly fun and enjoyable. It does run a little too long, being a little over two hours, yet this isn’t really a major issue.
The main strength of the story, is the surprising amount of heart it actually has, it actually is enough to get one invested in the final fight of the movie.
I liked Kevin James in the movie as well; he wasn’t doing dumb pratfalls and other low-brow humor and gags. He was actually taking the role, that of an everyday common man trying to do something important, very well. You actually root for the character quite a bit.
Side characters played by Bas Rutten and Henry Winkler were also done fairly well. I actually liked Salma Hayek in her role too, sometimes a romantic interest can have a low level of depth in films like this, and Hayek’s certainly didn’t have the most interesting character, however she gave a bit of charm to it.
One thing that the film did lack though was comedy. For what it was suppose to be, I didn’t find myself laughing that much. There just seemed to be a low level of jokes that worked, I only got a few chuckles here and there. The fights are actually done well at times though, naturally being more on the goofy side for the type of movie it is, they work.
Despite the lack of comedy and the long run time, I was actually won over a bit by the heart of the film and Kevin James’ acting here. This is one of the better films from Happy Madison Productions in a while. It’s no masterpiece, but it’s still worth a watch. Solid 3 out of 5.