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Movie review: 'Here Comes the Boom'

Kevin James stars as biology teacher turned mixed martial artist
by Matthew Price Published: October 12, 2012

Kevin James stars in “Here Comes the Boom” as a fledgling mixed martial arts fighter battling for a cause in an all-ages comedy that will likely please its intended audience.

James (“King of Queens”) stars as Scott Voss, a biology teacher who 20 years ago, was a Division I college wrestler.

Scott is without motivation; 10 years ago, he was teacher of the year, but now, he's going through the motions. All of Scott's best days seem behind him, as he trudges through his classes.

When cutbacks at the school threaten the music program run by Scott's friend Marty Streb (Henry Winkler), Scott finds himself volunteering to find a way to save the program. Along the way, he hopes to impress the school nurse, Bella Flores (Salma Hayek), who consistently and persistently turns down Scott's requests for a date.

The school needs $48,000 to save the program, and Scott's first attempts don't get far. After trying to raise money teaching citizenship classes, he stumbles upon a different idea while tutoring former MMA fighter Niko (Bas Rutten).

Scott decides he'll get back in shape and become an MMA fighter. If he can make it to a top-level Ultimate Fighting Championship fight, he can bring down $10,000 of the money just for losing.

Niko thinks this is a bad plan, but eventually gets on board to train Scott. As Scott works his way up the MMA ladder, he becomes a school sensation, not necessarily for his fighting form, but for his dedication to the cause. Along the way, Scott finds the drive he once had for teaching reigniting inside him.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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