Picture from Here Comes The Boom
Overall B+

When budget cuts threaten the music program at his school, a biology teacher (Kevin James) decides to try to make up the shortfall. But with no one else willing to help, the only money-raising option he can think of is prize fighting.

Violence B-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B-
Substance Use B-

MPAA Rating: PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language.

Talk to your kids about…

Here Comes The Boom

How does Scott’s discussion about cell stagnation relate to his school’s atmosphere? Why does Malia’s father question the value of her being in school? Does he have a valid argument considering the kind of education she is getting in Scott’s class? What challenges do teachers face that can impact their enthusiasm and motivation? Why does Marty feel differently about his subject?

The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) gets major advertizing in this production. Should this type of sport be highlighted in “family” entertainment? How do the filmmakers try to lessen the brutality of the sport for this movie?

How important do you think subjects like music and art are in the school system? What impact can they have on students now and in the future? Why is the football team not under the same threat to be cut? Why is it sometimes easier to get support for sports than the arts? Does the number of students participating make a difference? Is it ironic that a sporting event is used to help save the music program?