Here Comes the Boom

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Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a burned-out high school biology teacher, a single man barely able to muster the gumption to ask out the school nurse (Salma Hayek). Their crumbling school needs $48,000 to save the longtime music teacher (Henry Winkler). Solution: Voss, who wrestled in college, enters mixed martial arts and makes it all the way to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas. Although it takes a while to get going, it’s actually all right.

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Before things took off with Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice, Tim Burton made a live-action black-and-white film, in 1984, called Frankenweenie. You can find it on YouTube. It’s really good. Just about everything we now know as Burtonesque—passionate devotion to ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s Hollywood; English and Japanese horror; the Leave it to Beaver-but-sinister vision of American domestic life; the black humor; always in the corner of the societal outcast and the idiosyncratic artist—was there from the beginning.

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