|Top Left: Bas Rutten, world-renowned mixed martial artist, plays 'Niko', Henry Winkler as 'Marty Streb' and Mark DellaGrotte who plays himself, Far Right bottom is Kevin James as 'Scott Voss'.|
For the entire Questions and Answers Session that was conducted after the screening, please visit our Google + page HERE! (Normally I'd embed it in here for you guys, but YouTube wouldn't play nice, it said the file was too long for it's servers and it rejected it!
1) The Economy - If you haven't been affected by it, count yourself lucky and blessed, even the most industrious of savers out there have experienced wild fluctuations in their net worth thanks to our economy. When the protagonist finds out that his friend who is a great teacher, is on the verge of being laid off, it's both a wake up call for him and a call for immediate action.
2) The power of Friendship - Sometimes you get a raw deal in the family department, it happens. But it is said that friends can be defined as 'The Family you Make for yourself in this life'. In this day and age when everyone seems to be in it for themselves, it's refreshing to see a reminder that there are people out there who are loyal and willing go to bat for their friends!
3) Children - I don't know of any public school not facing cut-backs! It's time for everyone to take a stand!
4) Good Teachers - I had a favorite teacher in High School, he really cared, and while I couldn't picture him taking on Mixed Martial Arts, I do know he really cared about all of us and went to bat for us! I taught Special Ed students myself, and it's great how the movie recognizes the importance of teachers in the lives of their students.
5) Re-invention - While forced into the decision to use a talent he hadn't used since High School, 42 year old biology teacher Scott Voss was at a cross roads in life and needed to re-invent himself, that's how I feel, I want to re-invent myself both personally and professionally in this coming year! (Who can't relate to that?)
6) Mixed Martial Arts - I studied Martial Arts first when I was younger and then through College and the movie got me inspired to want to pick it up again once I'm back to 100%!
Here is a group shot of Kevin James and Henry Winkler along with all the bloggers in attendance for the screening and QandA, Can you spot the Butterfly?
|Pro Shot taken of Henry Winkler and Kevin James (center) with all the bloggers in attendance at the Screening and Questions and Answers Session!|
|Kevin James co-wrote and co-produced the action comedy!|
|Henry Winkler shares a behind the scenes story about how the word 'hate' was removed from a pivotal scene because Kevin James didn't want the word put in the movie or associated with the characters!|