Pain and Gain 2013

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When an ambitious group of personal trainers go after the American Dream, they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Now, living large will take everything they've got in this unbelievable and outrageous true story.

Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson
Runtime:
2 hours 9 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Pain and Gain

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Michael Bay
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson
Supporting actors Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Mar 2014
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Great dark humour film from Michael Bay. Good performance from the main three. Good to see another good whalberg film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 2 Feb 2014
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Film was so good but you can't believe its a real story
So pathetic but so messed up a very good film indeed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tyrant lo blanc on 20 Jan 2014
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I think my heading says it all. Just watch and be amazed by a very unique interpretation of making it in the United States!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 May 2013
Format: DVD
This is a true story that reads like dumb crook news. Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a muscle headed body builder who is inspired in ironic fashion by unorthodox motivational speaker Johnny Wu (Ken Jeong). With the aid of two other body builders, Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) they devise a plan to kidnap and extort money from Colombian businessman Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub).

They fumble their way through the operation and become greedy. It is clear these guys were not bright. The writers created dialouge for these crooks in order to lighten the story and to keep them from looking like complete idiots. Fictional aspects such as making the nurse (Rebel Wilson) look heavy-set with portraying Doorbal as liking those type of women kept the story from becoming dry.

The beginning of the film demonstrates some humor as Danny names fictional characters as his heroes..."There are no shortcuts to the American dream" he proclaims. In spite of the efforts made by the writers, the film somehow loses its hook and charm as you wait for it to end.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, sex, and nudity. Porn star Nikki Benz is one of the unnamed strippers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Dec 2013
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Based on a true story & set in Miami 1994-5, life long body builder Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) comes to a crossroads in his life, where he begins to question his lifestyle. As apart from a well toned, ripped body, he doesn't have much else to show for it. As a trainer in a gym, hearing about the success & lifestyle of one of his clients during workouts , Colombian entrepreneur Victor Kershaw (Shalhoub), he begins to want the American dream for himself. Brainwashed by motivational speaker Johnny Wu's (Jeong) mantra, "be a do'er, not a don'ter". But sadly hes dumb as a brick, so decides to take what Victor has, by force. Mayhem ensues.

Overall, the premise of the film looked good in text, exciting & the lead duo are known for enjoyable films, as the Bad Boys-esque DVD cover eludes too, what could go wrong ?! well, most of it really, as the serious material it's based on is taken down an ill advised comedy avenue in hindsight. The heart of the film was just about Mark Wahlberg's (Shooter) dumb body builder masterminding the abduction of Tony Shalhoub (Monk), with the help of a ridiculously OTT performance from Dwane Johnson (Fast & Furious) as a cocaine snorting devout Christian & Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as an impotent steroid junkie. Who are like the three stooges when getting things done.
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Format: Blu-ray
The joy of this film really is the end of it.

As has been said before, it's boring and pointless - two actors I really like create a movie with little to no humour (despite that being the aim) and it's a real shame.

You can see from the film that there was real potential to make this into a very funny and engaging movie but it just didn't happen.

Really, if you're thinking of putting this on your list - make sure you watch it one night after work when you still need to be up in the morning because if you save it for a weekend treat, you'll be disappointed!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Leah on 21 April 2014
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I really enjoyed this film it was funny and had a good storyline as it was based on a true story and had good cast of actors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peejay buckingham on 20 April 2014
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One of those 'breath of fresh air' films. Completely different to anything else and to think this is based on a true story it just makes it that bit more crazy. James Cameron directing mark whalberg and Dwayne johnson could on be good but it was GREAT. Probably not everyone's cup of tea, highly recommended by myself.
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