Mixing elements from films like “Nacho Libre” and “School of Rock,” James in this film is the lovable schlub who rediscovers his passion. This is all a little unbelievable, but it's done with a fair amount of humor. Winkler and James have good chemistry as the friends going against long odds to save the program. And if it has a bit of a sitcom feel in places, at least two of the best at that format are involved. Veteran director of Adam Sandler comedies Frank Coraci (“Wedding Singer”) helms the film, as he did “The Zookeeper.” But this movie is a step up from James' recent all-ages fare.
The cameos from UFC personnel and fairly realistic take on the sport should please those fans. Despite some in-ring violence, this film is appropriate for all but the youngest viewers.
Ultimately, “Here Comes the Boom” mixes the sports-film and education-film genres to come up with a blend that will likely please audiences, if not critics.
— Matthew Price