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
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.
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
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.
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: 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: A few product placements, like Wise potato chips, World's Deadliest Car Chases, Triumph motorcycle, Affliction clothing, Columbia fleece jacket, Diet Coke.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue
Fan Reviews provided by
Boom!!!! by apriafan
Movie is good family oriented. Great moral great plot. It is proof that you should never give up never give in. And the awesome part is when they pray and then he wins the next round which is also the round he needs to win. No cursing that i heard, no sex. How often do you find a movie without all that
PG Not So Serious Family Fun...Entertaining. by Alon Patterson
While the critics weren't particularly impressed, this viewer disagrees with any negative assessment of value here. Sure, the film could have been improved in a couple of ways but it really comes down to whether or not it's entertaining and worth the price of a ticket. That answer would be yes, and yes. Is it the movie of the year? Nope. Still, it's warm, comical and not especially difficult to enjoy. But the boys will probably enjoy it a good bit more than the gals. See it though. You won't be disappointed.
Kevin James is the bomb! by mattfan12059
This movie was awesome! It was funny, had great action sequences, and some heart in it. Kevin James is fantastic as Scott Voss and so is Salma Hayek as the school's nurse Bella Flores ( who is Scott's love interest). The part with Scott training was my favorite part. Great spots-comedy and one of Kevin James best movies!
Family Enjoyment! by Oregonpharmer
No sex, no profanity, no gore, no pro-socialist agenda - therefore professional critics hate it!
Normal people that enjoy entertainment with a feel-good message will love this movie for what it is, ENTERTAINMENT.
Sometimes we just want an enjoyable movie, and this does the job very well.
Exceptionally Inspirational by FROMCHRISSTEWART
This movie is about getting rid of complacency for the right reasons- others. To be an inspiration. To do your best even when the system or the job seems to prohibit it. It shows how to treat a lady as he pursues his love, the school nurse. It shows that even God wrestled Jacob by quoting Genesis and is showed the importance of prayer as the team held hands in prayer together before the big fight. No greater love than to lay down your life for someone. Although he doesn't die, he definitely is offering himself as a gift of love to his friend and to the students. Worth going!!!
Here Comes The Boom by wgm
Loved every minute of it. It was hilarous and had a lot of heart. Loved the plot, and had some very real moments and great lines in there. The Cast was fantastic, Kevin James and Henry Wrinkler are perfect together, and the trainer, well nominate him for an oscar. It's not just about fighting it's about standing your ground. This is for MMA Fans, and Comedy fans alike, but don't take my word for it, see it for yourselves.
Surprised by dirtboy25
I went into this movie thinking that it would be another Mall Cop or Zookeeper, but unlike those movies, I found myself cheering for the main characters. There was a better level of empathy than with the previous Kevin James movies and you'll have a few laughs too.
What do the Critics Know? by jazz39
This was the funniest movie I've seen for a while. Kevin James cracks me up. It's a film you can take your young teens to and everyone will have a good time. The story had a good moral theme and, although it is a secular movie, it wasn't afraid to show strong Christian men praying together. The fan reviews say it all. If you haven't seen this one go out and see it now.
Perfect Family Movie by rmwilson94
Finally a perfect family movie - something for everyone - warm and fuzzy for the girls- wrestling scenes for the boys - and comedy! We all loved it! As a parent it is very difficult to find a movie that is not full of swearing, extreme violence and sex scenes. Here Comes the Boom was a clean and fun movie! I highly recommend it!
Great Bang for Your Buck!!! by mbt69
Very good family orientated movie. Had boys night out with my two younger sons and it was a blast! Lots of laughs and a good story line with a moral. We need more films like this out there where the whole family can enjoy it!!