(4) HERE COMES THE BOOM, with Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler and Bas Rutten. Directed by Frank Coraci. (Walmer Park, Bridge): Reviewed by Robbie Collin
EVERY now and again a film comes along that could play as a parody of itself with minimal alteration, and 90% of them seem to have some kind of connection to Adam Sandler.
It is Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison, that has brought us Here Comes The Boom, a comedy about a teacher who becomes a prizefighting mixed martial artist in order to raise $48 000 to keep his school’s music department afloat.
Kevin James plays the noble Mr Voss, whose life improves immeasurably after he starts climbing into caged death matches against a range of bloodthirsty hulks. (The film is officially endorsed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts franchise.)
He inspires his pupils, helps his friends, and even wins the heart of the school nurse, who is played by Salma Hayek.
It gets worse, but never quite sinks to the radioactive lows of James’s last comedy, Zookeeper.
“You’re a hero, Mr Voss,” gurgles one of his pupils, after a video of a fight leaks on to YouTube.
“Hero, eh?” replies Mr Voss, with a faraway look: a moment of pure cinematic suet.
The film ends with a triumphant shout of “Viva America!” over a clear blue sky.
Truly, violence solves everything.
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