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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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$400,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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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 »

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Remade as Starving Artist Beatdown (2014) See more »

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17 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is obvious some folks do not understand campy and fun - not sure why some critics have been so harsh - delightful is deserved - maybe silly would be accurate. But overall a fun experience - keep up the work folks - I for one enjoyed watching a new genre being born. While not all actors were as accomplished as you would hope for the overall cast was more than adequate and I am guessing that the budget of the production did not allow for extensive casting or re-shooting. When you are watching the film you have to sit back and take in the concept and enjoy the idea that is being presented. With most movies - even the big budget extravaganzas you can find holes or weaknesses if you look at it hard enough but it is a movie - sit back relax and be entertained - and I found this movie entertaining.

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