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HERE COMES THE BOOM (USA/12A/105mins)
Directed by Frank Coraci. Starring Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Greg Germann, Joe Rogan, Gary Valentine, Charice, Bas Rutten, Reggie Lee.
THE PLOT: He may have won Teacher Of The Year 10 years ago, but these days, 42-year old biology teacher Scott Voss (James, who co-wrote the script) is pretty low down the Christmas card list of Principal Betcher (Germann). But when Betcher announces that, in order to save $48,000, Wilkinson High School is cutting all extra-curricular activities, Voss suddenly finds a reason to get his act together. At the very least, it might impress fellow teach Bella Flores (Hayek). And that’s when Scott spots the fine art of Ultimate Fighting – where the loser can make a quick and bloody $10,000.
THE VERDICT: Not to be confused with the TV series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (think Springer meets Tantrums & Tiaras), there’s every chance that that particular little squealing pig of a beauty pageant kid and her bovine mum would love this movie. Or just about anything the amicable everyslob Kevin James has to offer.
I actually have a soft spot for James, his comic timing on his breakthrough TV sitcom The King Of Queens verging, at times, on Jackie Gleason good. Since hooking up with the equally amicable but equally spent Adam Sandler though, James has found himself in increasingly loud premises with increasingly whimpering results. The sort of comic premises that spark just about enough inspired moments to fill a decent trailer. Which, of course, is sometimes all you need to make a hit these days. Especially when you’re trying to lure Honey Boo Boo’s mum (you know, the woman who looks like a thumb) off the couch and into the cinema snack emporium. RATING: 2/5
Review by P Byrne