Here Comes The Boom - Review

Kevin James has some very lucky friends. One minute the blockish, everyslob star of TV's The King of Queens is hanging around with comedy pal and Ultimate Fighting Championship commentator Joe Rogan and getting chummy with Dutch retired UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten. The next minute Rogan and Lutten are hitching a ride to acting roles in James' movie produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison outfit. Here Comes the Boom, a cloddish, harmlessly drecky comedy from the Sandler factory of crude mush, is about a Boston high-school biology teacher named Scott (James) who throws his dense bod into mixed-martial-arts competitions as a form of fundraising. With budget cutbacks, the music program is slated to be axed, and Marty the music teacher (Henry Winkler, acting all fussbudget-y) will lose his job. And so, although Scott hasn't done any grappling since his own high school days as a wrestler, he begins training with a wacky mixed martial artist (Rutten, entertaining in a kind of Euro-loon-comes-to-Hollywood way), with the aim of raising money by losing fights — for pay — against bigger, stronger, better players. Paul Newman's refusal to stay down for the count inCool Hand Luke has nothing on the inspirational malarkey (persevere with passion against all odds for what's important, kids!) laid over scenes of a sweaty, XXL bare-torso'd James getting pummeled. That's a mighty load of sweaty, XXL bare torso to watch. Read More...

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