Here Comes the Boom

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Director Frank Coraci extols the Christian virtue of self-sacrifice through the unlikely yet inspiring tale of an ordinary man who goes to extraordinary lengths to help others. When the penny-pinching principal (Greg Germann) of a failing public high school threatens to eliminate its popular music program - and axe the beloved teacher (Henry Winkler) who runs it - a faculty colleague (Kevin James) pledges to raise the funds needed to save the activity. Having failed to do so by more conventional means, the onetime college wrestler becomes a mixed martial arts cage fighter. Despite being beaten to a pulp in each bout, he inspires his students and coworkers, especially the school nurse (Salma Hayek) who tenderly patches his wounds.

Watch out for: Realistic martial arts sequences, a brief scene of gross-out humor, one instance of crass language.

Rated: The Catholic News Service classification is A-II - adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG - parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 1970