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The Art of Pain (2008)

| Comedy | July 2008 (USA)
A lazy painter learns that great art comes from pain as his life is ruined by a ninja.







Credited cast:
Marshall Bean ...
Lauren Ashley Bishop ...
Sharon (as Lauren Bishop)
Greg Brookens ...
Danielle Brothers ...
Martha Russell
Dale Chapman ...
Nick's father
Wesley Chu ...
Lead ninja
Fratty McFrat
Anders Erickson ...
Elliott Fredland ...
Kiel Frieden ...
Shoved theater patron
Nihilist Gelo ...
Marcus (as J. Scott)
Jake Hames ...
Patrick Higgs ...
Brother Francis
George Romano


INSPIRE AN ARTIST, RUIN HIS LIFE - The peace of the mall movie theater is about to be shattered! Jack, a stagnated painter, must train new theater employee Marcus, a rage filled, motorcycle-riding martial artist. Marcus hits on Jack's actress girlfriend Sharon, and really gets the goat of comic-loving sci-fi geek, Nick. More tensions flare when Jack's boss announces a coveted career launching painting contest. Turns out that Marcus studies the art of Ninja under the diabolical, pastrami-loving Nobu. After dishing out a nasty kung fu beat down, Nobu decrees that until Marcus can demonstrate his creativity, he will never earn his black belt. With a psychotic need to prove himself boiling up, Marcus latches onto the words of his hero, zombie film maven George Romano: "Great art comes from great pain." Suddenly, Sharon and Marcus are in bed together and Jack has found some gut wrenching inspiration to paint with. Wowed by his friend's new zest for art, Nick presses Jack to begin ... Written by Matt Brookens

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art | ninja | pain | zombie | See All (4) »


Ninjas, Zombies, Fine Art See more »





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$400,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The movie theater where The Art of Pain was shot at is the historic Landmark at the Century Mall. The director, Matt Brookens, wrote the screenplay while working there as an usher. "I always wanted to see what would happen if somebody were to fall off that ledge in the middle of the mall," states Brookens. "I finally got to throw someone off in the film!" See more »

Crazy Credits

Wolf Wrangler- John Basile. Yes we had an Arctic Timber Wolf for one day on set for a dream sequence. Odin didn't like the 100+ degree Chicago weather, so we had to cut most of his performance. See more »


Remade as Starving Artist Beatdown (2014) See more »

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What the hell is Hollywood producing?
20 February 2009 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

What nonsense is The Art of Pain? An art movie which no one is supposed to understand or what? The plot was stupid, the acting plastic and dialogue clichéd. Come to think of it, there wasn't a plot at all. I paused every now and then to wonder whether I was watching a comedy, a thriller, an action movie or something written by an 8 year old to cheer his mum for her birthday party. This movie is not only not worth the film it took to record it, it's not even worth the paper used for the draft. There's only one way to go for the people involved after making a movie like this and that's down. All the way down to movie nowhereland.

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