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Kevin James is Funny Because He's Fat. GET IT? BECAUSE HE'S FAT

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 27, 2012 | Comments ()


I don't know how many of you caught last year's phenomenal Warrior. It was about a ex-military guy (Tom Hardy) and his estranged brother, a schoolteacher (Joel Edgerton) who end up in an MMA Tournament against each other. If you haven't seen it yet, do so. It's one hell of a rousing film, one of the best of 2011.

But if you're a little on the slow side -- maybe your brain doesn't function at a particularly high level -- you could watch Here Comes the Boom instead. The plotline is similar -- a schoolteacher decides to enter a mixed-martial arts competition to raise money to save the school. Only instead of being gritty, brutal, and inspirational, Here Comes the Boom is about a fat guy hilariously getting beat up until, of course (SPOILERS FOR MORONS), he wins the tournament.

It also stars Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek, and you don't even have to look it up to know that it's a Happy Madison production. That's fairly obvious from the predictable plotline, the cheap pratfalls, and the presence of Kevin James (who actually looks kind of svelte in the trailer, comparatively speaking).

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  • David Sorenson

    This looks much better than I was led to believe. No fart jokes. Didn't see Rob Schneider anywhere near it.
    Seems like it has a bit of heart to it and that maybe somebody did it for something other than the paycheck.

    What the hell. I'll go see it if for no other reason than because Kevin James looks like he got into shape for it and because Kevin James isn't just that funny fat guy. He's a funny guy.

  • Phil Varlese

    To Dustin Rowles.....Orson Welles was FAT as well. Are you going to say his movies sucked because he was fat? What does fat have to do with anyone's ability? I probably would never see this movie, but his fat has nothing to do with it.
    I'm beginning to think that people need to take an IQ test before they can write editorials or reviews.

  • TheMudshark

    So that´s what you take away from this? That the author thinks Orson Welles movies sucked because he was fat? I mean, I´m not saying there are some deep insights to be gained here, but how the hell do you arrive at this conclusion?

  • thaneofmemphis

    This will be great if the last scene is the big fight, KJ struggling to stay on his feet, ready to give up, when Salma runs up to the cage, tears her blouse off and shouts, "If you win, these are yours!"

  • MonkeyHateClean

    Spoilers For Morons would be a damned fine name for a review site. Or a band. Dibs.

  • hapl0

    So basically Nacho Libre minus the Mexican theme. Oh, wait, Salma's Hayeks.

    At least he gets to lose a couple of pounds here and add a couple of months.

  • anon

    It looks funny to me and not because he is fat, but because he is an average guy doing MMA.

  • Seany D

    This doesn't look like your standard Happy Madison production. I wouldn't pay to see it in the theater, but I could certainly get blazed and check it out on the couch, if only because Kevin James is a sweetheart of a guy that I would like to see in some decent movies.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I like him. Maybe it's just because an ex of mine was his doppelganger, but I found King of Queens to be a decent average sitcom.

  • Seany D

    I had a chance to have a 15 minute chat with him in Vegas and he was one of the nicest, down-to-earth guys I've ever met. After meeting him, I can't really blame him for chasing the paychecks after hooking up with Sandler & Co.

  • special snowflake

    I love 'meeting celebrity' stories; as far as actor/comedians go, James is a helluva lot more tolerable in these vehicles than Sandler has been since- when, around his third movie over a decade ago?

  • pthalio

    I have a bit of a soft spot for Kevin James, i wanna give him a hug

  • BierceAmbrose

    Salma Hayek is not fat, and will look awesome in WWE tights. What is your problem?



  • BWeaves

    As hot as Salma Hayek is, she always ends up in D-list movies.

  • Bert_McGurt

    More like DD-list movies!

  • just me

    James is (in real life) a pretty nice, cool guy. He tried losing weight once upon a time and was told by the studio to cut that shit out, he was only bankable fat. Fat=funny=job. True story.

  • DenG

    Meryl Streep's pet peeve: films increasingly being aimed at younger, less intellectual audiences.
    "That's called the narrowing of the audience," says Streep. "The movie business has worked very assiduously to discourage you and other intelligent, discerning people from theater. They have worked hard to get rid of you because you don't go then and buy toys and games."
    Kaboom, bang. Explode: from the Latin ex + plaudere - to drive off the stage by clapping in disapproval (1605).

  • bleujayone

    With all the intelligent audience members being squeezed out, one would think at the very least there would be a niche market available for movies of a higher caliber. I think it has happened already, but sadly, the success is often found later in home viewing since it appears smarter people are fewer and father between.

    Not every high brow film needs to be a boring two hours of talking heads, smart people like excitement too. But in a country of 330+ million people, I would still like to think you can make a profitable movie without always degenerating to the lowest common denominator., I correct myself. This trend has been worse than that. It has basically stooped to the laziest form of filmmaking where the bare minimal is done in the physical production and the only actual effort being put in is seeing how much shit they can cram down the throat of the drooling masses for returns. One wonders how successful higher qualities movies might have been, if the same efforts were made to shill them.

    It's come to the point where Sandler & Company could make a movie about being trapped in a Port-A-Potty at a Chilli Cook-Off for two hours and the studios would advertise it to the hilt as the next great thing.

  • Ender

    There's a FAT guy being PHYSICAL? That's a groundbreaking comedy choice, the release date is going straight in my calendar as a MUST SEE.

    ~Sent from my HTC Lobotomy

  • Gavin S.

    Looks like it's got a few good laughs. I loved his fat delivery guy with a hot wife series, whatever it was called.

  • beetsarad

    Did they pull some sort of Steve Rogers Pre Captain America CGI thing on James? B/c 1. it looks wonky and 2. I got nothin'. It just looks shitty and fake.

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