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Watch: Kevin James Helps Kids By Falling Over A Lot In Trailer For 'Here Comes The Boom'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 26, 2012 7:56 PM
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Listen, the formula is pretty simple by now. Give Kevin James a blue collar job -- courier driver, fireman, mall cop, zookeeper -- make him fall down and eat snacks and then just collect the money that pours out the other end. Which brings us to "Here Comes The Boom," a movie where he's been assigned the role of...a high school teacher. But this time it's with a twist, not only does he fall down, he fights too.

In this Happy Madison production -- which feels like some kind of comedy riff on "Real Steel" and "Warrior" -- James endeavors to save the extra curricular-program at his school, which is getting axed in the face of budget cuts, by turning to the most sensible option: mixed martial arts. Of course, this provides plenty of slapstick opportunity when he's not hitting on Salma Hayek (who is depressingly something of a Happy Madison regular now), but as he gets better and better, James shows off a pretty trim physique later on which is kind of startling. And it seems the movie is going for some kind of inspirational tone as well, though it seems to jar with everything else.

But either way, you know what you're getting when you buy a ticket. Frank Coraci ("The Waterboy," "Click") directs so yeah, proceed at your own risk. "Here Comes The Boom" knees your groin on October 12th. [Fandango]

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  • bruckey | June 28, 2012 5:26 AMReply

    a backhanded complement but it does look better that what i expected

  • mpbstereo | June 27, 2012 9:08 AMReply

    I have to say, while this doesn't look like it will be a timeless classic, it looks a step above most of the Happy Madison crapfest of a catalogue. James actually looks to be showing something approaching the resemblance of dramatic skill. Most comedic actors have 1 or 2 good dramatic performances in them (Patton Oswalt in Big Fan was a revelation to me), and while this may not be it for James, I'm willing to bet he could be used to good effect in a supporting role with the right director.

  • Steven Flores | June 26, 2012 11:07 PMReply

    This actually might be decent. While I really didn't like "The Zookeeper", I will admit to liking "Paul Blart: Mall Cop". I do like Kevin James.

  • Faith | June 26, 2012 8:27 PMReply

    OK. I am going to have to admit as someone who very much dislikes everything else Kevin James has done including his TV work... that trailer actually made me laugh out loud a few times and got me interested. Doesn't look too bad actually in comparison to everything else from the Happy Madison camp of late.

    But, yes, it is sad that Salma has become default hot lady in Happy Madison films now. At least she dodged That's My Boy.

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