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And now, a twisty review of Here Comes the Boom

HereComesTheBoom

Plot

Sure, it’s School of Rock mixed with Bad Teacher mixed with Rocky mixed with The Karate Kid mixed with Real Steel mixed with pretty much every other “slacker teacher decides to make a difference” movie mixed with pretty much every other “underdog competitor comes out on top” movie, but I have to admit that I found myself caught up in the story at times, and that’s really what it’s all about sometimes.

The film did leave me with a few questions, though, such as “Sure, the money will cover the music program this year, but what about next year?” and “Why didn’t the band play the boom song during the final fight?”

Characters

Pretty solid characters here, even if they were a bit cliche at times (and even if seeing Henry Winkler looking that old made me feel old). I mostly took a point off because I’m tired of the “slacker main character pursues convenient attractive coworker” cliche specifically.

Plus, they never quite explained who the main character’s painter friend was.

Visuals

You know how when you see a 3D movie, things tend to have a gray haze over them because of the glasses? Pretty much this entire film was like that, except in 2D.

Product Placement

Obviously, there was a ton of stuff (TapOut, etc) in the UFC fights, but usually I try not to count ads that show up where you expect ads to be. I will mention the Coke machines and Wise potato chips, but I won’t count off for them. One of these days I’m going to pick a system for this score and stick with it.

Rewatchability

Yes, I’m surprised at this one myself. It was more enjoyable than I was expecting. In fact, I’m going to do a rare “direct endorsement” of a film by telling you to go see this one…just don’t expect a masterpiece and you might have a good time.

4 comments on “And now, a twisty review of Here Comes the Boom

  1. Wow, surprised and delighted that this movie didn’t suck. Will have to see it now. Thanks for the review! :)

  2. Good review. I didn’t hate it while watching it, even though it definitely didn’t offer me anything new or original that I haven’t already seen before from a sports movie.

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