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Here Comes the Boom


A high school teacher takes up fighting in mixed martial arts matches in order to raise money for his school.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5

Teacher turns MMA fighter in tween-friendly comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Here Comes the Boom is an action comedy about a teacher who decides to compete in MMA matches to save his school's music department. Even though it deals with a violent sport, there's not too much blood, although there are plenty of bruises, injuries, and hand-to-hand (and foot!) combat. Language and romance are tame (sparing use of words like "ass" and "hell" for the former; some flirting, a date, and one kiss for the latter ), and the messages support the importance of arts education and standing up for what you believe in.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about movies about teachers. Why are public school teachers usually portrayed as either terrible or amazing? Is that realistic?
  • Mr. Voss and Mr. Streb are an unlikely pair. What do they each teach the other? Why do they each consider the other a "hero"?
  • How does Here Comes the Boom compare to other films about high school teachers?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: "Here Comes the Boom" is so full of clichs from other, better movies that it is almost plays like a parody of an underdog tale.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, October 12, 2012

Rotten: The film would have the same audience that came to see James get elbowed in the face also get weepy over disadvantaged schoolchildren.

- Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rotten: Weak humor and vanilla plotting have replaced legitimate drama, pathos, and character development.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Saturday, October 13, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I was fully expecting to hate this film, but it turned out to be a charming and silly comedy that made me laugh, feel inspired, and giggle like a moron. James plays a teacher that goes into MMA fighting to raise money for his school's music programme. As a Teacher Of The Year winner, from a decade ago, James has become somewhat complacent concerning his position at the school, and this is just the kick up the backside he needs. The comedy revolves around James being overweight and too old, but his performances in the ring aren't completely unconvincing. The humour ranges from vomit to the face, and even a good old fashioned food fight. These are the bits that actually work, as they are well timed and sudden. Unfortunately James' improv skills are not so impressive. There are scenes that seem like he is trying to say something funny, but comes up short. Any other director would have cut these moments, but instead we are forced to sit through how uncomfortable those parts are. Still, James is pretty likable, and I did start getting a bit teary eyed towards the inevitable and cliched finale. A film I wouldn't mind watching again.

- kiriyamakazou, Sunday, February 3, 2013

3 stars

No one will fight for his students like Mr. Voss. Good movie! I had low expectations for this given the plot and figured the best parts were shown in the trailers. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The plot is all very predictable but really who cares for this type of movie. The dialog is not that sharp and while some parts are a little corny, the film is light hearted, does not take itself too seriously and is excellent entertainment if you want to switch off your brain at the end of the week. This film moves at a good pace, is funny throughout, with some real laugh out loud moments, and leaves you with a good feeling at the end. A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.

- MANUGINO, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

3 stars

"Here Comes the Boom" is a comedy about 42 year old teacher Scott(Kevin James)who decides to raise money by doing MMA fighting to save his school's music program. It's a very typical James comedy, which is fine, cause James is great. He has that everyman quality that works better than most comedy actors. The supporting cast in this is great, filled with all the regular Sandler(he's the producer) movie actors. Henry Winkler, Selma Hayek, and Bas Rutten all help Scott with his MMA quest from fighting in a farm to the UFC. The concept is inspiring, but it's 100 percent completely unrealistic. I'm a HUGE fight fan and the fight scenes are very, very absurd. I get that it's a movie, but they could have made the fights more believable and still told a very good, entertaining story. The movie is predictable and follows a formula that's been done numerous times. But James and a pretty funny script help this stand out some from the pact. Want a lighthearted MMA comedy, that doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, then give this a watch.

- fb100000145236770, Sunday, January 20, 2013