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).