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Pain and Gain 2013

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.

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

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Michael Bay
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson
Supporting actors Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Michael Rispoli, Keili Lefkovitz, Emily Rutherfurd, Larry Hankin, Tony Plana, Peter Stormare, Vivi Pineda, Ken Clement, Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau, Brian Stepanek, Christopher Jestin Langstaff
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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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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Great dark humour film from Michael Bay. Good performance from the main three. Good to see another good whalberg film.
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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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Rented this off amazon instant.

Got to say its quite good for a film about gym rats. Its based on a true story but its been altered a bit for the big screen.
Walberg and Johnson play their characters well and there are some good lines in there.
The majority of the "comedy" comes from the situational and behavioural aspects of the 3 main characters, so If your not familiar with some gym stereotypes and habits then you may get lost here. One example is where Lugo (Wahlberg) needs to get a arm pump to clear his head, If you don't gym then you more than likely wont get why this is funny.

Anyway 4 stars it is, with the only bit I didn't really like being the inner monologues of the main characters.
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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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Wahlberg and Johnson, what's not to like! A lot of controversy about this film, but I don't think they make light of the deaths of those people. It's quite dark and gory in places, and you kind of feel sorry for Johnson's character but his character doesn't actually exist in real life, rather he is a conglomerate of several people. I think you have to remember that its just a movie and that the real people who committed the crimes were sick and very stupid and were given the death penalty. I think it's an interesting take on a real life story.
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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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