This movie stars Kevin James as Scott Voss, a 42 year old burnt out high school biology teacher that has lost his motivation and passion for teaching in a high school that is failing due to the poor economy. School cutbacks end up threatening the music program and the job of the music program director (Henry Winkler). Voss, who 10 years prior was voted teacher of the year, suddenly finds motivation to be a better teacher, save the school’s music program, and inspire the rest of the school including the students and other teachers. He just has to figure out a quick way to raise the $48,000 that the school needs by the end of the school year in order to keep the music program and it’s director.
Voss stumbles upon mixed-martial-arts (MMA) fighting as a quick means to raise a lot of money and discovers that some MMA fighters can earn up to $10,000 for just showing up to a fight even if they lose. Thus, Voss decides to get back into shape and put his own high school and college wrestling skills to use as he risks his life as an amateur mixed-martial-arts-fighter. He ends up gaining the respect of the school and the community as he inspires his fellow teachers and students along with the public and even the MMA community. He even catches the attention of the school nurse (Salma Hayek), who thinks he’s crazy for doing what he’s doing, but is also inspired and helps provide Voss with some first aide after he subjects himself to many brutal beatings and even knockouts in the MMA fighting ring.
I really enjoyed this movie. I would give it 3 out of 5 strips of bacon. It was a good family comedy. It did have some violence related to the MMA fighting and some strong language at times, but for the most part it was an inspirational family movie with mostly clean humor and jokes that all age groups could enjoy.