Here Comes The Boom parents guide

Here Comes The Boom Parent Guide

Although cage fighting might not be the kind of fundraising event your school is ready to support, this attempt to correct a budgetary shortfall makes for some entertaining moments.

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.

Release date October 12, 2012

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

Why is Here Comes The Boom rated PG? The MPAA rated Here Comes The Boom PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language.

Run Time: 105 minutes

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A lot has happened since Scott Voss (Kevin James) won Teacher of the Year a decade ago. And most of it hasn’t been for the better. Now, instead of inspiring higher learning in his biology classes, Scott is mentally absent and chronically tardy.

Yet despite his classroom deficiencies, Scott is appalled when Principal Betcher (Greg Germann) announces the school will be cutting extra-curricular activities including the music program run by Marty Streb (Henry Winkler) who has just confided to Scott that his wife is pregnant. However only Bella Flores (Salma Hayek), the school nurse, shows up when Scott organizes a meeting to discuss raising funds for the musicians.

With the weight of saving the music program resting on his shoulders alone, Scott eventually stumbles onto the idea of competing in mixed martial arts fights where even the losers make more money than he does teaching community education classes in the evening. One of his adult students, Niko (played by renowned MMA master Bas Rutten) reluctantly agrees to coach him. With Marty tagging along for moral support, Scott enters the world of cage fighting. And with a little luck eventually finds himself competing in the ring at the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

As Scott’s winnings slowly add up, an even bigger change occurs as this disenchanted educator regains his passion for teaching and passes his enthusiasm on to the apathetic students in his classroom.

Supported by a cast of famous names from the UFC (including commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg, MMA trainer Mark DellaGrotte, announcer Bruce Buffer, professional cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran, referee Herb Dean and fighters Jason Miller, Krzysztof Soszynski and Wanderlei Silva), James and the other non-professional fighters pull off some brawl scenes that are surprisingly engaging—for a fight.

The rumbles result in some bloody facial injuries, bruising, a dislocated shoulder and the kind of punches you wouldn’t want thrown at home. Other content in this PG-rated comedy consists of some rude humor, couple spats and brief language. Still, the script also allows many of the characters, including the oft-maligned school administration, to develop and amend their ways over the course of the story.

Although cage fighting might not be the kind of fundraising event your school is ready to support, the budgetary shortfall depicted in this film (and the attempt to correct it) makes for some entertaining moments for families who don’t mind a little grappling on the mat along with more hard-hitting mixed martial arts action.

Directed by Frank Coraci . Starring Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler. Running time: 105 minutes. Theatrical release October 12, 2012. Updated

Here Comes The Boom
Rating & Content Info

Why is Here Comes The Boom rated PG? Here Comes The Boom is rated PG by the MPAA for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language.

Violence: Characters involved in mixed martial arts competitions and training are knocked out, choked, punched, kicked and knocked to the ground. Some of the brawls result in bloody facial injuries, bruising and a dislocated shoulder. A character is accused of embezzlement. A man is hit in the head with an exercise stability ball. A married couple argues.

Sexual Content: An artfully posed picture of a naked man and his musical instrument is shown in his home. A woman wears a low cut tank top. A character’s buttocks are partially revealed during a yoga class.

Language: The script includes brief profanities and terms of Deity.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink briefly in social settings and at home.

Other: A character throws up on his opponent after a fight. A man talks about fecal matter.

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Here Comes The Boom Parents' Guide

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?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Here Comes The Boom movie is February 4, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Here Comes the Boom

Release Date:  5 February 2013

Here Comes the Boom releases to home video (Blu-ray/Ultraviolet Digital Copy) with the following extras:

- Gag Reel

- 18 Deleted Scenes

- Here Comes The Cast

- The Pros

- Three Amigos

- Back to School

- Learning How to Fight

- Gino Vs. Richie

Related home video titles:

In Nacho Libre another man turns to the sport of fighting in order to raise money for children in an orphanage. Cuts to a school music program force the early retirement of a dedicated teacher in Mr. Holland’s Opus. And two moms take on the educational system because of its shortcomings in Won’t Back Down.