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Movie teachers: they will kick you in the face. Read full review

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  • 3.0

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  • 42

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A cloddish, harmlessly drecky comedy from the Sandler factory of crude mush.

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  • 50

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Here Comes the Boom is stale and vanilla. We know we're in trouble early when the first joke fails.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Scott Bowles

    When the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force

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  • 63

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Once it gets going and commits to its time-worn inspirational formula, it's not half-bad.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Teacher turns MMA fighter in tween-friendly comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Here Comes the Boom is an action comedy about a teacher who decides to compete in MMA matches to save his school's music department. Even though it deals with a violent sport, there's not too much blood, although there are plenty of bruises, injuries, and hand-to-hand (and foot!) combat. Language and romance are tame (sparing use of words like "ass" and "hell" for the former; some flirting, a date, and one kiss for the latter ), and the messages support the importance of arts education and standing up for what you believe in.

  • Families can talk about movies about teachers. Why are public school teachers usually portrayed as either terrible or amazing? Is that realistic?
  • Mr. Voss and Mr. Streb are an unlikely pair. What do they each teach the other? Why do they each consider the other a "hero"?
  • How does Here Comes the Boom compare to other films about high school teachers?

The good stuff
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    Messages: This is a movie about teachers recapturing what inspires them about educating -- and the idea that one person can make a difference. There's also a positive message about the importance of music education in public schools. And, of course, to always follow your dreams.

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    Role models: Mr. Streb is a fabulous music teacher who's invested in his students, repairs instruments for lower-income students, and is generally known as a superstar teacher. Mr. Voss starts out uninterested in his teaching career but ends up recommitting himself to his students and to what motivated him to become a teacher in the first place.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The Mixed Martial Arts training sessions and competitions are realistically brutal. Although they're occasionally comedic, they definitely leave Mr. Voss (and his opponents) punched, scraped, bruised, and injured (sometimes with blood). MMA is up close and hand-to-hand, and there's lots of kicking and punching. Two incidents of vomiting -- which is gross but then becomes comedic.

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    Sex: Mr. Voss flirts with Mrs. Flores every chance he gets, and at the very end he gets his kiss. Salma Hayek wears a couple of cleavage-revealing but not overly risque tops.

  • language false2

    Language: A couple of uses of "ass," "hell," "crap," and "oh my God," plus some scatological humor (the vomiting) and mild insults: "stupid," "sucks," "loser," etc.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A few product placements, like Wise potato chips, World's Deadliest Car Chases, Triumph motorcycle, Affliction clothing, Columbia fleece jacket, Diet Coke.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue