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Great cast create a truly inspirational movie,
This review is from: Here Comes the Boom (Blu-ray + UV Copy)  (Blu-ray)
I know Kevin James (KJ) is a huge UFC and MMA fan, and because of his relationship to the sport I was sure he would do the film justice; but what made this film great was the rest of the cast. Every member brought their A game to this project. They had great chemistry on and (if the deleted scenes are true) off the screen. I love MMA and I admit that was my main reason for seeing this film. I personally do not think that this film works as a comedy. I did not find any laugh out loud moments in it, but I was so enjoyed it so much I did not mind. Yes it is a predictable fairy tale type story, I don't care I found the film inspirational and uplifting.
The story a jaded teacher (KJ) with a crush on the school nurse (guess who), see how the music teacher (Henry Winkler) still manages to inspire and engage his students. When the music program is being cut he vows to raise the money needed to save the program. He tries extra hours in a night school, and then one of his private tuition students (Bas Rutten) introduces him to MMA. He discovers he can make more money losing fights in bottom level MMA then in a year of teaching in night school. Through MMA he is re-energised and this reignites his passion for teaching as well.
Each member of the cast really made me believe in their character, making in them relatable and likable. The other thing that I liked was they did not ignore the finer points of training, Bas demonstrates all the popular MMA holds used today and what KJ had to learn survive in today's MMA. Also the bond between fighters. Every gym KJ goes to and in every fight he has to earn the respect of his opponent, training partners and mentors. It shows it is not just skills, and power that make fighters into great fighters but heart (courage), determination (toughness), and what they are fighting for (inspiration). For UFC fans there are many great cameos of fighters and trainers. All in all a very enjoyable movie, just not really a comedy.