Film: Here Comes The Boom
Here Comes the Boom is a 2012 sports comedy starring Kevin James, directed by Frank Coraci. The story follows a high school biology teacher (Kevin James) who takes up Mixed Martial Arts in order to raise enough money to save his school's under-funded music program and prevent music teacher Marty from being laid off.
- Acrofatic: Averted early in Scott's fight career, when he gets one-shotted by a fighter who is clearly in worse shape then he is. Scott visibly slims down over the course of the film, though with his stout build he eventually becomes this trope.
- As Himself: Bruce Buffer, Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg as UFC commentators and announcers.
- Author Appeal: Kevin James is an MMA fan himself.
- Battle in the Rain: Just because it starts raining, it doesn't mean the fight stops.This isn't Baseball!
- Bookends: The school's music class is in disarray in the beginning. By the end, Voss' efforts have paid off, and the music department is in much better shape.
- The Cast Show Off: Malia, one of Scott's students, sings with the school Orchestra just before his UFC fight... which makes sense, as she is played by singer/songwriter Charice.
- Chekhov's Gun: Scott's brother is shown to hate his job as a painter, and to be a skilled, dedicated cook. This gives Scott a way to help Malia's father later, when his chef quits, thus making it possible for Malia to remain in the school's music club.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Every one of Voss' fights are predicted to be lost as this.
- Determinator: Scott's other attribute, aside from his strength, is his ability to tank damage (to a reasonable degree) and refuses to give up during his fight with Ken Dietrich.
- Exact Words: Niko "used to teach MMA at a gym," now he does cardio and spin classes.
- Fighting Irish: One of Voss's opponents, played by Jason "Mayhem" Miller, uses this as his theme, complete with green hair.
- Genius Ditz: Music teacher Marty Streb.
- How Much More Can He Take: Voss' UFC fight.
- Oh Crap!: Dietrich has a pretty huge Oh Crap look on his face after Voss defends his armbar and has him lifted off the mat.
- Opposing Sports Team: Ken Deitrich.
- Plot Time: 5 minute MMA rounds take all of 30 seconds of screen time.
- Power Walk : With the acoustic version of "Here Comes the Boom."
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Upon release, the film was criticized for the ending of Scott's UFC fight, where he fights his way out of an armbar by hoisting his opponent and slamming him into the ground, winning by knockout. As this video clearly demonstrates, not only is slamming/power-bombing an opponent a valid defense against a variety of submission holds, but it is perfectly capable of knocking you out cold. As Joe Rogan points out in his commentary, getting slammed on your head and shoulders hurts. He likens it to a linebacker tackling a quarterback... but without a helmet for protection.
- Stout Strength: Scott starts the film a bit chubby, but through his training (re)develops his strength. This is what allows him to hoist Dietrich in the air and slam him down for the win.
- They Stole Our Act: Voss faces this dilemma when one of his opponents comes in to his entrance music ("Boom" by P.O.D.). The replacement song Marty comes up with is "Holly Holy" by Neil Diamond.
- íThree Amigos!: Scott Voss as The Hero, Niko as The Muscle, and Marty as the Chick, may also work as the Freudian Trio, Scott as the Ego, Niko as the Id and Marty as the Superego.
- Training from Hell: Scott actually does little training for his first couple of fights, outside of drafting Marty to act as a training dummy to brush up on his Wrestling. Once Niko comes into the picture, though, Scott gets a crash course in what it's really like for a 41-year old to train like an athlete.
- Training Montage: Of course.
- Triumphant Reprise: "Holly Holy." Used as an intro to a cage match? Lame. Played and sung by the very students he's fighting for? Inspired.
- True Companions: Scott stands up for Marty's job in the face of budget cuts and embezzlement, which kicks this off. Niko gets included by the film's end.
- Vengeful Vending Machine: Scott tries to buy a snack from a vending machine, but it gets stuck. He rams the vending machine causing several snacks to fall out. A student sees him do this and he tosses him one of the extra snacks telling him to keep quiet.