KEVIN JAMES   HENRY WINKLER   SALMA HAYAK   GREG GERMANN

HERE COMES THE BOOM

 ​“Let’s do this, let's lose,” comedian Kevin James’s character says. However, if you are watching any Kevin James movie you have already lost. James, who continues to ride his sitcom fame, has found a temporary niche in mainstream comedy slapstick. His movies typically gross quite well at the box office and cater to families. Since James' collaboration with Adam Sandler on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, they now work with the same people, which is why Here Comes the Boom is from the director of Zookeeper, The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer. Like with most niche actors, you know exactly what you are being served before you even sit down at the table and James walks the same line he has been walking since 2005.

​Scott Voss (James) has lost his passion for teaching, as evidenced by his consistent tardiness to his biology class. Times are tough with the unsteady economy and Voss also teaches night classes. In a faculty meeting, it's revealed that the budget is being cut, the music department will be shut down and Marty Streb (Winkler), the most beloved teacher in the school, will lose his job. In an attempt to fight the system and political economics, Voss decided to do mixed martial arts fighting to make the money needed to keep the music program.

​I know it seems like I am always picking on Kevin James (who I consider the worst mainstream actor in Hollywood), but it eats me that what I consider “real actors” seek out roles that challenge them while James literally rolls around in every movie and people pay to see that time and time again. James, who is also a producer and co-writer, understands quite successfully that his fan base does not want to think or be challenged at one of his movies. They want to get a big tub of popcorn, super-sized soda, laugh for an hour and a half, then walk out of the cinema like nothing ever happened.

​I’m disappointed that once again Salma Hayek is in one of these movies; she also starred with James in Grown Ups. However, actors in need of a paycheck certainly know where the money is. I look at this script like a level headed person and ask myself why one teacher would literally fight so hard for another, another who is talented and could quite easily get another job somewhere else, but that logic is never applied. What’s truly offensive is how the writers and producers took the bare bones concept of Warrior (a brilliant, Oscar nominated film) and turned it into a side show starring the biggest baboon in Hollywood.

Final Thought – The same “Boom” over and over.

Grade D

By: Dustin Chase