Kevin James is Scott Voss, disillusioned biology teacher at a failing public school. However, Mr. Voss’s true colors are shown when financial cut backs threaten to eliminate the school’s music program, and it’s director, a personal hero of Mr. Voss and soon-to-be father. Voss relies on his collegiate wrestling experience as a means to raise the $48K needed to save his school, and his dreams.
Here Comes the Boom is much more than the anticipated physical comedy.
I was surprised to discover that James himself co-wrote the film, a well-scripted comedy, full of classic moments that had the whole theater in out-loud laughter from start to finish.
My recommendation: theater worthy. And bring the family too, because aside from a few colorful remarks, it’s refreshingly clean humor, something I don’t mind expecting from Kevin James, and I hope to see more like this from him.
This movie comes on the heels of another teacher drama, Won’t Back Down, reviewed on this blog last week. “Boom” is the better by far, having an every-man protagonist at center stage, who delivers plenty of comic relief, but shares the wealth with his quirky and affable trainer, the school nurse, and Marty, the musical director.
The whole cast gets in on the fun, and Coraci‘s direction pulls us into the tension, making you grip your seat with the fight scenes, even while you laugh at Voss’s pain, along with Marty and his trainer.
While Mr. Voss’s problems aren’t as imminent as Marty’s, he engages the audience at the start, as the cut backs are a kind of last straw for a man who’s lost his grip on his passion; and that’s exactly why I find his struggle endearing.
Mr. Voss fights for his kids, and their school, but he also fights for the love of teaching he’d lost in the bureaucracy of a public school system. The movie stops short of preaching, and upholds the golden rule of all stories: “show”, don’t “tell”.
I like what I we see in Mr. Voss’s principles.
First, we see them lived by him, not preached. He puts himself on the line for his school, and takes ownership of his contributions to the greater problem. His humility and determination make him a surprising leader, and restores his heart.
As Marty tells him before round three of the final fight, that victory is already won, no matter the result in the ring. Voss discovers his apathy had become the proponent of a music-less life, and his only defense against it is to attack with passion.