Wait a sec. How did the
"Here Comes the Boom" begins not well, with overstated and very broadly played comedy from
James is most of the show, playing burned-out high school biology teacher Scott Voss, a single man barely able to muster the gumption to ask out the strangely available school nurse played by Salma Hayek. The crumbling school cannot cope with its budgetary crisis.
So it's out to the curb with longtime music teacher (likable
Solution: Voss, who wrestled in college, ventures into the punishing world of mixed martial arts. He makes it all the way to the
"Here Comes the Boom" shares much in common with last year's melodrama
Not that kids will notice, but in "Here Comes the Boom" the teachers talk about their frustrations with the job, with the resources and with their own eroded idealism. They do so, and somehow they aren't turned into cliched saints or sinners. They're somewhere in between. So is the movie, in various qualitative ways. But it's a surprisingly engaging in-between.
'Here Comes the Boom' -- 2 1/2 stars
MPAA rating: PG (for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language)
Running time: 1:45