|Reviewed on 2012-10-12|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Action / Comedy|
| Funding is being cut everywhere and one place it should not be is in education. When a high school biology teacher tries to prevent the loss of his school's music department he must find a way to raise $48,000. Kevin James is Scott Voss in “Here Comes the Boom” who realizes his education degree is not going to get the funds needed to help save the department and his friend Marty Streb's (Henry Winkler) job. He begins to think outside the box and goes back to educating people who wish to become U.S. Citizens.
When the pay from his night teaching is not enough to get the job done he comes up with a crazy idea. One of his night students looking for U.S. Citizenship is a former mixed-martial arts fighter. When Scott learns of the money involved in fighting whether you win or lose he decides to make a go at it. His student Niko (Bas Rutten) begins training Scott and encourages him to lose as he does not think it is time for him to focus on offense.
Scott gets a lucky shot and knocks his opponent out. Once this happens and he sees how much more money he can get for a win he starts training for offense. Quickly Scott is a true fighter. One that takes notice of the UFC. Scott is put on a fight card for the UFC as a replacement fighter hoping to make a quick $10,000 for a loss. However when he realizes the money from a win is needed much more then a loss he must step up his game and do what he can to ensure he takes a beating and gets a win.
“Here Comes the Boom” is an entertaining comedy that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Being a UFC fan I found the mix of the fighting and teaching to be very enjoyable. Kevin James transformed not only into a fighter, but also managed to perfect his lead role performance. This is the first film James' has held the lead of and managed to keep my interest and be entertaining throughout. “Here Comes the Boom” has a few blunder moments but overall is a solid comedy that will have you laughing start to finish.