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[Trailer] Kevin James, Bas Rutten, and Mayhem Miller Star in MMA-Themed ‘Here Comes the Boom’

Let’s get one thing straight, Kevin James has not exactly had the kind of career that would inspire a lot of confidence in his abilities as an actor. Sure, The King of Queens had it moments (not to mention all that Leah Remini goodness), but there is almost nothing that James can do to repair the mental anguish and self-inflicted bodily harm that Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Zookeeper were responsible for across the globe. We knew he was a big MMA fan, and seems like a pretty cool guy when he’s not squeezing out such 90 minute abortions as Grown Ups, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and…*checks IMDB*…GROWN UPS 2?!! 

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(Oh, the horror…)

So you can understand our trepidation when we awoke this morning to find the first trailer for James’ upcoming MMA film, Here Comes the Boom, waiting for us to absorb and dissect. Because, if we’re being completely honest, there haven’t been many great (or even good) MMA films to be released since the “boom” of the sport. The fact that the latest one was staring an overweight sitcom star who is basically box office cancer didn’t exactly inspire much hope either.

And honestly, now that we’ve actually seen the trailer, we’re kind of relieved. Kind of.

Check it out for yourselves and let us know what you think.

In case the video doesn’t work for some of you, here’s the film’s plot, as scribed by ComingSoon:

In the comedy “Here Comes the Boom,” former collegiate wrester Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler,) Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek) – but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school. 

The films stars such familiar faces as MMA legend Bas Rutten, recently released UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller (who channels Louis Gaudinot before getting violently KO’d), and the recently retired Krzysztof Soszynski (who pulls off a Superman punch all the way from Krypton at the 2:07 mark). It even includes some footage of “The Polish Experiment’s” fight with Brian Stann at UFC 97. And like we said, based on the trailer, the film doesn’t look all that bad. Sure, it’s no Warrior (which I have still yet to see) or even Redbelt (which was pretty awesome), but at least it’s not James smuggling an ape into a TGI Fridays, so that’s something right? Plus, Salma Hayek.

I don’t know, perhaps I’m just trying to have a more positive outlook on life.

Here Comes the Boom is scheduled to hit theaters on July 29th.

-J. Jones

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cman- June 28, 2012 at 5:41 am
Hey, james trains mma 5x a week to *cough* stay in shape for his *cough* comedy.
tp24890- June 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm
Wait you HAVENT seen Warrior?! WTF is wrong with you? WTF isnt wrong with you? And you write for CP? Wow, you must feel like the smartest of all kids with down syndrome
tp24890- June 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm
Film is pretty realistic in my book. Miller getting outstriked by a guy with no boxing? yep, seems legits. Cool storyline and shit, needs more dragons
TellaTruth- June 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm
Hope for fat guys everywhere!
I'll watch it.
Ricardo Guitardo- June 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm
In real life Selma Hayak would never even talk to fat losers
Biff Tannen- June 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Is that Cecil Peoples that knees him in the face?
Alan K- June 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm
I'm sure James has good intentions but I don't know if this will change any negative opinions people may have about the sport. Plus, nobody's win bonus is 5 times greater than their show money so there's some inaccuracies in there that I'm sure won't ruin the story but will be damn annoying for a hardcore fan. Also, if James beats Soszynski at the end, who cares? Dude isn't even ranked. Ain't that right Shogun?
Gener- June 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm
So Mayhem lost to Kevin James TOO!!? Damn...
icehole10- June 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm
i love all things mma! don't hate on kevin james, he is a funny dude! it looks funny, especially when he gets thrown through the ring. i will see it opening weekend.
The12ozCurls- June 27, 2012 at 11:40 am
Hey, at least Kevin James has been a fan of MMA (or at least the UFC) for a long ass time. I just checked IMDB and BINGO - he is also one of the writers. I don't think he would intentionally do anything to tarnish a sport he is obviously fond of (otherwise NO MORE free ringside seats from Uncle Dana). But then again "I Now Pronouce You Chuck and Larry" actually set gay rights back about a decade. Who knows? Either way, it aint no Shawshank, but then again nothing is.
J.Jones- June 27, 2012 at 11:00 am
@Hauler - I was referring only to the quality of the films, as in, "If you were to watch all of those movies in one sitting, you would get cancer."
Hauler- June 27, 2012 at 10:52 am
Kevin James movie:

Zookeeper
Worldwide Gross: $169,852,759

Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Worldwide: $183,293,131

Grown Ups
Worldwide Gross: $271,430,189

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Worldwide Gross: $186,072,214

Hitch
Worldwide Gross: $368,100,420

He's not exactly the box office cancer you claim, but he does make REALLY, REALLY, REALLY shitty movies.
Canadian Bacon- June 27, 2012 at 10:51 am
By far the most accurate of all MMA movies so far.

1) Elite Jardine-esque sprawling techniques demonstrated (http://i49.tinypic.com/x1dfk0.gif)
2) Rain-flooded outdoors mma ring (http://www.myspace.com/video/matt/funny-mma-fight/11997107)
3) Shoddily constructed Z-league "octagon"
4) Fighter, whose only experience is collegiate wrestling dominating aforementioned Z-leagues
5)Bas being a sub-standard trainer.
Ogre- June 27, 2012 at 9:44 am
Don't know about this one... Exposure, I guess?
Fried Taco- June 27, 2012 at 9:34 am
*Spoiler Alert* At the end of the movie, when Kevin James' character falls short of the total money needed, the Fonz makes the rest of the money by jumping a shark.
NomadRip- June 27, 2012 at 9:33 am
You had me at Salma Hayek.
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You missed Tito.
Fried Taco- June 27, 2012 at 9:32 am
Best part of the trailer, Bas Rutten says "This is bottom-level MMA" and then they show Mayhem Miller.
Strife- June 27, 2012 at 9:29 am
Better physic that Russow
war Sonnen- June 27, 2012 at 9:22 am
Here Comes The Boom Boom
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