‘Here Comes the Boom’ Trailer: Kevin James Goes MMA to Save His School

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If you’ve ever listened to our Screen Rant Underground Podcast, you already know that our editor Rob Keyes has a soft spot in his heart for the comedic stylings of Kevin James. The affable star of films like Paul Blart: Mall Cop and The Zookeeper will bring his awkward teddy bear charisma to yet another ill-fitting arena – quite literally an arena this time, as James enters the world of Mixed Marital Arts in Here Comes the Boom.

As you can see from the trailer above, fans of James will likely be enthused for his new film, while non-fans aren’t likely to be swayed by anything we see here.

The story revolves around Scott Voss (James), a once-great high school teacher now resting on his laurels. When the school budget gets slashed to a tragic degree (no more arts and sports), Voss’ passion for the job is rekindled as he tries to find a way to raise the necessary funds to save the day. For whatever reason, the would-be hero decides that fighting on the MMA circuit would be the most efficient way to raise the dough – though his own doughy body and non-existent fight skills are hurdles he’ll have to get over, first.¬†But with a little coaching, a little training, and a whole lot of heart, Scott may be able to bring the boom (or at least, be on the receiving end of it enough times) to both raise the cash, and inspire his students.

 Here Comes the Boom Trailer: Kevin James Goes MMA to Save His School

Like I said: by now everyone should have a pretty good “Kevin James-o-meter,” whereby you know if the comedian’s antics are your cup of tea or not. MMA fans are likely going to have their heads spin at the thought that the guy from King of Queens¬†could ever – even for a second – be passed off as a fight contender. Of course, that juxtaposition is just where the comedy lies – but judging by the latter half of the trailer, director Frank Coraci (Wedding Singer, Waterboy, Zookeeper) and screenwriters Rock Reuben (ZooKeeper) and Allan Loeb (The Dillema, Rock of Ages) are going for something more heartfelt; there seems to be an actual inspirational tale buried in the core of this film.

How well the genuine sentiment goes over with audiences remains to be seen. Because let’s face it: Rocky Balboa, Kevin James is not. At the very least, it should be funny to see the actor getting coldcocked a few times; meanwhile, Salma Hayek will be on hand to beautify the proceedings enough so that the time is not a total loss.

Here Comes the Boom will be in theaters on October 12, 2012.

Source: Fandango

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  1. Hahahaha! that last part, dump the ball in the hoop! lol great joke…

  2. Watch Warrior instead people. It was better and didn’t have Kevin James.

  3. Good to see what looks like a great comedy film, this guy has had a good film career so far except Zookeeper, not one of his best i think. cant wait for this one though.

  4. I’m in!!

  5. that’s funny

  6. Jesus Christ!! Hollywood really has no more ideas up their sleeves. I mean, there is thousands of ideas from different students and writers that they can adapt or make a good decent movie from and yet they do this. I’m pretty sure it will turn a profit for the studio but they need to start taking more chances.

    • I like what you are saying

  7. I am definitely in for this one. I know it’s not Oscar material but it looks like Kevin James actually did some training and working out to get ready for the movie which means he’s taking this seriously which is why I want to see it.

  8. Even though James is a big man, he is very athletic. I think he’ll do fine in the role. BTW I thought Zookeeper was pretty good. Of course my expectations were not … shall we say … high.

  9. Reminds me of seeing guys like Tank Abbott fight in the original UFC. Which was awesome.

  10. Kevin James is actually a pretty accomplished martial artist and has trained with many former heavyweight champions, including Couture and Bas Rutten. You better watch what you say Kofi, with all of these unsuspecting MMA fans training out there you never know when you can get choked out by someone that weighs 140lbs.!

  11. Actually looks good. Wee MMA fans haven’t gotten much in the way of movies. Warrior is awesome and this looks like a good contrast to that. Plus Bas Rutten is pretty funny too.

  12. Bas Rutin in a movie…I am freakin sold!

  13. This looks awesome! Shut up and take my money!

  14. Lol looks like he lost alotta weight for this movie n got alil cut up ill wait for netflix tho

  15. Wow kevin james looks great now that he lost some weight.Not that i didn’t like his big teddy bear look before.

  16. This looks like a comedic version of the Joel Edgerton half of Warrior. Not that it’s a bad thing…

  17. This looks awesome, Kevin James looks amazing to! I’m sold

  18. In confused.

    This actually looks decent?!