The latest Sandler-enabled
vehicle for human Weeble Kevin James is a knockabout knock-off of last year’s Warrior: James’s unlikely biology
teacher turns MMA fighter to save his school’s cutback-threatened music
program. The Wedding Singer’s Frank
Coraci retains an endearing fondness for funny-faced bit-parts, but it’s
fundamentally formulaic in construction and mediocre in execution: basically a
pretext for James to take further hits to the plums, coupled to some half-meant
children-are-our-future sentiment. Historical footnote: it may be the first
feature in which Salma Hayek takes a cup size smaller than her love interest’s.
Here Comes the Boom opens in cinemas nationwide today.