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Here Comes the Boom | 2012 | PG | - 2.5.4

When a burned out school teacher (Kevin James) realizes that raising money by fighting in mixed martial arts bouts is the only way to save the music department in his school, he begins training against all odds. Also with Salma Hayek, Bas Rutten, Henry Winkler, Melissa Peterman and Charice. Directed by Frank Coraci. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman kiss through a chain link fence. A man leans toward a woman to kiss her and she pulls away. A woman moves toward a man to kiss him and he pulls away.
 A man massages another man's back before a fight and the fighter complains that it is weird and it feels like he's applying sun lotion. We see a photo of a presumably nude man posing behind a large musical instrument (his bare shoulders, upper chest and legs are visible). We see a young man wearing boxing gear in a photograph and his bare shoulders and legs are seen. Men are shown wearing boxing trunks while in and around fight cages in several scenes (bare chests, abdomens, backs and legs are shown). A fighter rips off his pants and we see that he is wearing tight shorts. We see a man in a yoga pose and his buttocks cleavage is visible. Women wearing skimpy outfits (cleavage and bare legs are visible) pose around a fighter as he walks toward the ring.
 A man flirts with a woman in several scenes and asks her for a date several times (she declines); he asks her to dinner at his house if he makes a basket (he doesn't make the basket), and he asks her for a kiss and she turns away.
 A man asks another man, "What are the chances of a 48 year old woman becoming pregnant?" and he replies, "It depends what she looks like." A man makes a remark about Ravel liking to "dress up like a lady." A man talks about the "lunch lady that's got the hots for me."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Men are shown fighting in a cage in several scenes: A man is struck in the face by another man's knee and he falls to the floor with a bloody cut on his eye; one man is kneed in the crotch and punched in the face, the fighters continue to fight while it is raining and the matt becomes slick causing them to slip and slide and fall down; a fighter is punched in the face and pinned against the cage, many face punches are exchanged, one fighter is pinned and his arm is twisted; one fighter is thrown and he breaks through the floor of the ring (the rest of the floor breaks out under the other fighter and the referee but no one is shown to be harmed); a fighter is flipped to the mat where he is punched many times in the face and elbowed in the face; many heavy punches in the face and body are delivered, a fighter is slammed to the mat and kicked in the mouth, he is elbowed in the face (we see blood on is head and face), and he is kicked in the head and punched in the face many more times (we see blood on his face and he has a swollen eye); one fighter in a hold lifts the other fighter off the mat, and then slams him back down knocking him unconscious.
 A woman punches a man repeatedly; she then chases him around his apartment and jumps on top of him (they fall to the floor and appear unharmed). A woman shoves a man and he stumbles off-screen.
 A woman re-sets a man's dislocated shoulder (she puts her foot on his chest and pulls hard causing him to yells loudly) and it is fixed. We see a man being bandaged behind the scenes after a fight. A woman cleans up and bandages a man's injury after a fight (we see a bit of blood). A man is shown with a bruised nose.
 A man speeds on a motorcycle, he nearly crashes into an oncoming truck and grumbles at a pedestrian for walking too slowly. A man jumps on a trampoline and lands hard on the floor (we hear him moan and hear a thud). A man slams a snack machine with his shoulder when an item becomes jammed inside; when a student sees him (the man is a teacher), he throws the boy a bag of chips and tells him not to say anything. A man climbs into a school through a window. A man sits on another man's back while he is on all fours, like a stool. A rocket crashes through a school classroom window during an experiment. A man kicks an exercise ball and it hits another man in the head causing him to stumble.
 A man fights two other men in a practice ring with many punches landing in the face. Two men practice wrestling moves and spar in several scenes. A man holds a mattress in front of himself while another man punches and kicks it (the man behind the mattress says, "Ow" with each blow).
 Several people argue about budget cuts in a school. A husband and his wife argue and yell at each other in a few scenes. A girl tells her mother that her dad is "betting again." Two men argue in several scenes. A girl cries and tells her teacher that her father is making her quit music to work in their restaurant. A woman teases a man for losing a fight.
 A man lies about his aunt's hip being thrown out. A man says in several scenes that "Without music, life would be a mistake." A man's wrestling name is "The Executioner." A man talks about fighting with girls when he was a child. After being kicked hard in the face in a fight a man says, "I did see a unicorn." After a fight a man says, "I can't lift my arms." A man wonders out loud "How much food is stuck in that beard?" while looking at another man. A mother tells her child "stop putting raisins up your brother's nose." A character says, "I pee a lot." A man says, "You might throw up on him."
 A man vomits onto another man's back and face (we see goo and food fragments) and this is shown many more times on a video. We see a piece of gum stuck on a man's pants. Three men have a food fight after one man shoves a piece of cheesecake in another man's face (we see the men an the room covered with smeared food).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 2 scatological terms (1 mild), 2 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (lazy, pig, ostrich, stupid, vicious, dangerous), exclamations (shut up, heck, holy smoke), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Three men drink beer in a couple of scenes, a man and a woman toast with wine and drink, and a man and woman drink wine with dinner in a couple of scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teachers, failing schools, lack of funding for school programs, parenting later in life, inspiration, heroism, responsibility, unions, fund raising, passion, tenure, last chances, suffrage, potential, INS, UFC fighting, inspiration, embezzlement, disappointment, numbers games played with budgets, lying, music.

MESSAGE - Wonderful things can be accomplished with a little motivation. Go after your dreams.

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