Friday, March 8, 2013

In the Player: Here Comes the Boom!

I seldom choose the movies that we watch since Jimmy is usually the one to go and actually rent the DVD, and we are very limited in that we can only choose the ones that are available to us at RedBox.  We are lucky to have a RedBox within walking distance, though, so we end up getting to watch a movie about once a week.  You can't beat the price at $1.26, and we often get discounts and free movie codes via e-mail and text.

This is one of the latest ones that we have watched:

Here Comes the Boom

At first glance, I wasn't sure that I was going to like this one.  It seemed kind of dumb.  You know, the whole idea of some lazy teacher becoming a fighter...

Anyway, I really liked this one.  It was about this lazy teacher (Kevin James) who had lost all of his passion for teaching who ended up standing up for an older music teacher who really loved his work and made a difference.  James ended up volunteering to raise the money needed to allow the older music teacher to keep his job and not have the music program cut from an underfunded school.  Part of the reason that James keeps on his mission is to impress a girl, but the guy/girl aspect of the movie was very sweet and clean with only one very sweet kissing scene toward the end.  Anyway, in order to make the money necessary, James decides to try his hand at fighting since he had been a wrestler in high school.  Needless to say, he was way out of shape and out of training and gets pummeled repeatedly.  But the students see him taking his knocks, find out it is for them, and begin to take note of him and respect him.  In turn, he begins to respect himself and turn himself around into a great teacher and better man.

I agree with the PG rating for the violence of the fights and for the gentle romance, but it is definitely a movie that I would let Elizabeth see.  I don't think that the little ones would get the point of it, though, and all they would take away from it would be the fighting, so I wouldn't choose it for them.

My call?  Thumbs up!

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