Here Comes the Boom
Here Comes the Boom is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, co-written, produced by and starring Kevin James. It was also written by Allan Loeb and Rock Reuben with music by Rupert Gregson-Williams. The film co-stars Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek. It was produced by Happy Madison Productions. The film was released in the United States on October 12, 2012 by Columbia Pictures. The film's title is taken from the song "Boom" by Christian nu metal band P.O.D.
|Here Comes the Boom|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Frank Coraci|
|Produced by||Todd Garner |
|Written by||Allan Loeb |
|Music by||Rupert Gregson-Williams|
|Edited by||Scott Hill|
Happy Madison Productions
Broken Road Productions
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$73.1 million|
Former Division I collegiate wrestler Scott Voss is a 42-year-old bored and disillusioned biology teacher at the failing Wilkinson High School. Budget cutbacks at the school jeopardize the continuation of its music program, which would result in its teacher, Marty Streb, being laid off. Concerned for both his colleague and his students, Scott attempts to raise the $48,000 necessary to keep the music program alive. He moonlights as a night instructor for an adult citizenship class, where student Niko asks him for outside tutoring. When Scott arrives at Niko's apartment, he learns that Niko was a former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. While watching the UFC at Niko's apartment, Scott learns that the loser of a fight receives $10,000, which gives him the idea of raising the money by fighting and losing in MMA.
Scott, helped by Niko and Marty, begins with small unsanctioned bouts paying only $750 to the loser. Niko begins training him in defense, later adding trainer Mark to teach offense, after Scott knocks out an opponent (before vomiting on him due to having eaten some rancid applesauce made by Marty, who apparently isn't Amish) and realizes that wins give larger payouts, needing fewer fights to achieve his $48,000 goal. While Mark trains with Scott, Malia De La Cruz, one of Scott's students and a band member, helps Niko study for his citizenship test by putting the information into songs. Scott then begins fighting in small MMA fights and gradually gaining higher amounts of money for the school.
Scott has been pursuing the school nurse, Bella Flores, and they share moments revealing affection for each other, while also rekindling Scott's passion for teaching. He begins to engage the class and earns the respect of his students. Scott is within $6,000 of his goal when Mark tells him that Niko turned down a sanctioned UFC fight offered by Joe Rogan, with the certainty of earning $10,000 for a loss. Scott confronts Niko, who apologizes and admits he turned it down because he was jealous – Niko was once asked to fight at the UFC but suffered a neck injury while training for it, ending his career. Scott and Niko accept the offer, with Scott and his crew soon traveling to the MGM Grand Las Vegas for the fight. However, on the night that he arrives, Bella calls Scott and informs him that the school's vice principal Robert Elkins has just been arrested, apparently found guilty of embezzling from the school and winnings, meaning all Scott's efforts have been in vain and that his winnings have been misappropriated by Elkins, and are now all gone. Scott decides he must win the fight and the $50,000 purse.
The publicity of Scott's slow rise to fame has grown, and the school's band appears in the stands to play his theme song, "Holly Holy" by Neil Diamond, thanks to Bella contacting Rogan. During the fight, Marty reminds the losing Scott that even if he does not win, he has inspired the students, which is their real purpose as teachers. Scott has no answer to his dangerous opponent Ken Dietrich, who is angered that his original opponent cancelled and that he is stuck with a man that "does not deserve" to be fighting at the UFC. After finding inspiration from the students, Scott manages to win the final round of the fight, earning $50,000 and Dietrich's respect. Scott and Bella kiss through the chain link fence of the ring.
A subplot involves student Malia, her father, and Scott's brother Eric, who is unhappily self-employed as a house painter. Eric has a large family and both he and his wife have low paying jobs; Eric enjoys cooking. Malia's father has a restaurant that is failing since his chef quit. Malia's father wants her to stop music and focus less on school so that she can help with the restaurant, but she has a passion for music. Scott encourages Malia to pursue her musical talent, which drives hostility from her father to Scott for "telling his daughter to disobey him". Eric becomes the chef for her father's restaurant, which improves the business, so Malia's father is thankful to Scott. Once Malia sings Scott's theme song at the UFC fight, shown on TV, her father tearfully accepts that music is her true passion.
In the closing scene, Niko and all of the students in Scott's citizenship class attend their American citizenship ceremony.
- Kevin James as Scott Voss
- Salma Hayek as Bella Flores
- Henry Winkler as Marty Streb
- Greg Germann as Duke Betcher
- Joe Rogan as Himself
- Gary Valentine as Eric Voss
- Jake Zyrus as Malia De La Cruz
- Bas Rutten as Niko
- Nikki Tyler-Flynn as Mollie Streb
- Reggie Lee as Mr. De La Cruz
- Jason Miller as "Lucky" Patrick Murray
- Mark Muñoz as Romero
- Melissa Peterman as Lauren Voss
- Shelly Desai as Miguel
- Bruce Buffer as Himself
- Krzysztof Soszynski as Ken "The Executioner" Dietrich
- Satoshi Ishii as Fairgrounds Fighter
- Mark DellaGrotte as Himself
- Herb Dean as Himself
- Arianny Celeste as Penelope "Pinche Punisher" Lopez
- Mookie Barker as Vice Principal Elkins
- Mike Goldberg as Himself
- Wanderlei Silva as Himself
- Chael Sonnen as Arguing fighter
- Jacob "Stitch" Duran as Himself
- Melchor Menor as Sityodtong Gym Fighter
Filming began on March 28, 2011, in and around the Boston, Massachusetts, area. Filming continued on through May 25, 2011, in Lowell and Quincy, Massachusetts, where it wrapped shortly thereafter, by early June 2011.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 40% based on 95 reviews, and an average rating of 4.9/10. The website's consensus reads, "Here Comes the Boom benefits from Kevin James's genial presence, but the film doesn't deliver enough laughs to live up to its title – or enough satisfying plot to make up the difference." On Metacritic the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on reviews from 26 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade A on scale of A to F.
USA Today's Scott Bowles says the film "telegraphs every punch [...], but when the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force". He says "The film suffers from too many side stories, but it does a nice job capturing the heavyweight battles of everyday folk." Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune writes: "Once it gets going and commits to its time-worn inspirational formula, it's not half-bad." Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times wrote: "If you can choke down the implausible notion that the doughy Kevin James would last more than five seconds in a mixed martial arts ring, Here Comes the Boom is a moderately enjoyable, nontaxing sort of comedy."
John Anderson of Variety magazine wrote: "Hands of stone meet heads of air in Here Comes the Boom, a sports story so daffy it may as well star Kevin James." He called the film "a triumph of recycling" comparing it to Rocky. Anderson is critical of the different clashing tones of the film, but calls the characters likable, and writes the "violence adds a frisson of tension to the pic’s mix of grappling, romance and anemic social critique."Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum called it "A cloddish, harmlessly drecky comedy from the Sandler factory of crude mush." Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club wrote: "Here Comes The Boom seems to have made it from the pitch stage - Kevin James does MMA to save his school or something! - to the big screen without an iota of inspiration, ambition, or personality seeping in at any juncture." Marc Savlov of the Austin Chronicle wrote: ""Here Comes the Bomb" would've been a more fitting title, but props to Henry Winkler for rising to the occasion and turning in a sweet, idealistic performance in a film that otherwise feels like a tawdry commercial for the UFC and MMA."
In its opening weekend, the movie earned $11.8 million in the domestic box office and ended its box office run with $73 million worldwide.
Here Comes the Boom was chosen as one of ten best films for family audiences by the 21st Annual Movieguide Awards on February 15, 2013.
- "Holly Holy" – versions by Neil Diamond and Charice are heard in the film
- "Bouncing off the Ceiling (Upside Down)" by A-Teens
- "Joker & the Thief" by Wolfmother
- "Optimus Bellum Domitor" by Sak, Williams and Welch
- "Boom" by P.O.D.
- "Spank" by Jimmy "Bo" Horne
- "James Brown Is Dead" by L.A. Style
- "New Noise" by Refused
- "Holly Holy" by Neil Diamond
- "Faithfully" by Journey
- "Holly Holy (NSFW Remix)" by Neil Diamond ft. UltraLove
- "Pictures" by Joseph Anderson
- "I Stand Alone" by Godsmack
- "Doin' It Right (Delta Mix)" by Steve Azar
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currently shooting in Boston
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doesn't quite work as a comedy (it's not particularly funny), or a drama (it's not particularly poignant )
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