Proving what we’ve long thought—that the best way to solve any conflict in high school is a few elbows to the solar plexus—the trailer for the forthcoming Kevin James MMA movie Here Comes the Boom finds his teacher character going to the mat for his students, if you see what we did there. And if you liked that pun, you’re in for a treat with this one, seemingly a paint-by–numbers story about a schlubby everyman who saves the school/rec center/dance team/family car wash/fraternity/soccer team.
But wait! Is there an unlikely romantic interest who is inspired by the protagonist’s pluck, even though she had dismissed him all along as a layabout? Yes there is, and her name is Salma Hayek, it turns out. And is there a professional athlete reading his dialogue with his deltoids to add authenticity for the sports fans who are going to all go see it because he’s in it? Yes indeed. It’s…some big bald dude. Does a relatively in-shape Kevin James look exactly like a relatively out-of-shape Vince Vaughn? Oddly, he does. Does the P.O.D. song “Boom” feature heavily in the trailer? Surprisingly not!
More importantly, will James’ character win out at long last, teach the kids a lesson about never giving up, save the school, and get in Salma Hayek’s pants by the end of an hour-and-a-half? We’ll have to watch to find out.