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‘Boom’ demands little, delivers more

Salma Hayek, left, and Kevin James in a scene from “Here Comes the Boom.” (Tracy Bennett/Columbia-Sony Pictures)
Salma Hayek, left, and Kevin James in a scene from “Here Comes the Boom.” (Tracy Bennett/Columbia-Sony Pictures)
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Wait a sec. How did the Kevin James mixed martial arts movie end up as a more convincing portrait of the plight of the American public school teacher than “Won’t Back Down,” a film that’s actually about that subject? “Here Comes the Boom” begins not well, with overstated and very broadly played comedy from Frank Coraci, the director of “The Wedding Singer” (fun) and “Click” (not). But once it gets going and commits to its ...


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