Here Comes the Boom: Family film on taking a stand
“Here Comes the Boom” is a film about a school that is in financial disarray and needs to cut extracurricular programs in order to meet their budgetary needs for the coming year. Mr. Voss (Kevin James) is a teacher that barely has a grasp on his job as he seems to be losing sight of why he became a teacher and more importantly, how to prepare a classroom full of children for their futures. Mr. Streb (Henry Winkler) is the head of the music program which is more of a passion for him than a career. His personal life is also very full of music instruction and helping less fortunate students get instruments that he finds and repairs on his own time.
The superintendent calls an afterschool meeting to inform the faculty of the cuts and Voss is outraged when the music program is on the chopping block. He rallies the other teachers in his corner to help raise a large sum of money so that Streb can keep his job. After he realizes the lack of enthusiasm from his peers he decides to do whatever it takes in order to raise the necessary funds so that his friend can keep his job. Voss takes on the task by himself and enters the ring with some sketchy fighters in seedy underground arenas after he finds out that even the losing fighters win a decent sum of money.
Let me begin by saying that I have been waiting three years to see someone punch, James in the face after making me watch “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” He is a very funny stand-up comedian and an okay actor, but that had to be said. Now that we have that out of the way, I would like to state the wonderful job that this cast did at making me enjoy the film. The story was strong enough to hold its own, but when you throw in zany characters and a few slapstick jokes it becomes a more interesting tale. The constant banter between Voss and Bella (Salma Hayek) are some of the movies best writing. He is constantly getting pummeled in the fights and seeks Bella (the school nurse) for consolation while making constant attempts to subjugate her into going on a date with him despite getting denied at every pass.
This movie really came out at an opportune time. In many ways it feels like a propaganda film with all of the economical struggles that plague our school systems. It seems like every time I go to the polls there is another levy that HAS to pass or the school system will cease to exist. “Here Comes the Boom” illustrated these concerns in a radiant light that really hit home with me. It may make you think twice before checking the “NO” box on the next ballot.
“Here Comes the Boom” may not be a contender for movie of the year, or even one that makes it to my personal collection, but it was enjoyable on a few levels. You may be best to wait for matinee prices, but take the whole family and teach your kids about the virtues of taking a stand.
Showtimes for Friday at Rave Motion Pictures Polaris 18, 1071 Gemini Place: 11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.