Genre: Action, Comedy
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Starring: Kevin James, Henry Winkler, Salma Hayek
Not being a Twilight fan meant that there was very little to pick between regarding movie choices for our cinema trip this past weekend. However there was a little film starring Kevin James that I thought would be perfect for getting away from the ‘twi-fans’. This film was Here Comes The Boom and it’s your typical Kevin James movie where he plays a down on his luck loser and through a crazy source turns out to be a man full of morals and goes on to inspire people. Here Comes The Boom basically reiterated everything I dislike about these types of film. They’re corny, unbelievable, daft and not as funny as they could be.
Kevin James stars as biology teacher Scott Voss, who has lost all enthusiasm for the job. Ten years ago he was voted teacher of the year and he still tries to live off that achievement. His class dislike him, as do his colleagues. He’s a teacher who openly admits everything they learn is unnecessary. His one friend among the teachers, Marty (Henry Winkler), is a music teacher who’s fantastic at his job and has produced some wonderful talent, however he’s told his job is to be cut due to budgeting issues. After hearing Marty’s wife is pregnant (a ridiculous sub plot considering the guy is in his sixties), Scott vows to help raise the money to keep the class funded. To start, Scott takes on a job teaching immigrants how to pass the citizenship test and upon doing this meets a man who was once a Mixed Martial Arts cage fighter. Whilst watching a fight with him one evening Scott learns that even if you lose a big fight you will be paid ten thousand dollars, so Scott decides to take it up. His immigrant friend Niko and Marty help Scott on his journey from fighting back stage with no holds barred to pushing himself to go up against one of the best fighters alive. Not all teachers can show this much passion about their school.
The idea is very simple and doesn’t involve the audience having to do any form of thinking. I never believed anything that happened as it all seemed silly, but it wasn’t the extreme silliness that would make it comical. In all fairness the world wasn’t ridiculous enough to make the film work. In my eyes if they’d made it madder it could have been better.
The best laughs come from the fight scenes, which count as slight highlights. What I wanted to see was fat Kevin James fighting other fat useless people. The one time this happens in a rain soaked fight it’s funny, but then the film starts to take itself too seriously. By taking the mick out of the world it could have been hilarious, but all too quickly Scott was thrust against fighters doing it their entire life and he was beating them. It was ridiculous. Sure, it showed he had heart, courage and passion, but this needed to be a film that stayed silly in order for us to like it. This is why Winkler is a good addition to the cast and in my opinion is the funniest. His character is daft and we can believe it.
The film did have one or two moments that were amusing, where people did laugh out loud in the cinema, but for a top billed comedy I expected to laugh more. I don’t mind Kevin James, though I feel he was at his best in King Of Queens and Hitch. It’s a shame he’s now being cast in all the same predictable roles.
We saw a tight and tense MMA film last year in Warrior, so we should have seen a ridiculously silly MMA film here that could have been the polar opposite. By taking itself too seriously the film brings out similarities to Warrior, which is a far far superior film in every respect. These are connections I shouldn’t be making and if the development of Here Comes The Boom had gone down a different route then I wouldn’t be making them.
In the end we have Kevin James starring in an Adam Sandler movie without Adam Sandler in it.