S.I.M Rating: 7.76 out of 10 (6 Votes)
Cast: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler
High school, romance and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) serve as the backdrop for "Here Comes the Boom," starring Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler. James plays a high school biology teacher who's found himself in a career rut and is moved to action by budget issues at his school that threaten to eliminate several popular curriculum offerings. Depressed by the apathy he encounters, James begins moonlighting as an instructor to hopeful immigrants seeking citizenship. One of his students introduces him to MMA, and once James realizes how lucrative the sport can become, he signs up and dives headlong into the fray.
James, a near-fanatical MMA follower in real life, is convincing as the well-meaning, but often over-reaching hero, while Winkler is suitable as a fellow teacher trying to save his music department from budget cuts. Hayek, as the school's nurse, plays the romantic interest, but the undeniable scene-stealer is Bas Rutten, a former MMA champion who plays himself and succeeds in walking a fine line between parody and realism.