Parents' Guide to

Here Comes the Boom

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Teacher turns MMA fighter in tween-friendly comedy.

Movie PG 2012 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 13+

Very inspiring and funny movie

The movie is fun and inspirational. I would say it’s a good family movie but because of fight scenes maybe a little older for the kids to watch.

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Great messages
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (12):
Kids say (34):

This movie is just a fun little confection that's got some Octagon action, high school laughs, and odd-couple appeal. James is a likeable comedian, though not all of his movies can be saved by his innately relatable charisma. Zookeeper, for example, was one of 2011's biggest duds. But HERE COMES THE BOOM is like Mr. Holland's Opus meets Warrior, minus all the sentimentality of the former and the gritty drama of the latter. The training sequences with retired MMA star Rutten are particularly amusing, as is the way Winkler's goody-goody music teacher interacts with James' burned-out science teacher.

As in all of James' movies, the object of his attention is a drop-dead gorgeous character, here a sexy school nurse played by Salma Hayek. But their flirtation-turned-romance is at least acknowledged as somewhat far-fetched (she jokes about how many years he's tried to lure her on a date). And the relationship stuff takes a definite back seat to the high school subplot and the MMA action, which is entertaining without being overly bloody or intense. (After all, it's pretty funny to see James walk out to Neil Diamond's "Holly Holy" instead of the new metal "Boom" song he wanted as his signature anthem.) Glee fans, take note: Petite Charice plays one of music department's star students, and she (obviously) gets to belt out a song during a climactic scene.

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