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Pain & Gain (2013)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  26 April 2013 (USA)
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A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

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Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. Written by napierslogs

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Their American Dream Is Bigger Than Yours See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use | See all certifications »

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26 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Dolor y dinero  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,244,505 (USA) (26 April 2013)

Gross:

$49,874,933 (USA) (23 August 2013)
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Trivia

Vitaly Zdorovetskiy:  the well-known Miami prankster of YouTube is briefly seen going down the stairs as Lugo goes up, following the kidnapping. See more »

Goofs

The gang used what looked like an X26 TASER against Victor in 1995 but the X-series TASER was not released until 1999. Although, they did release an earlier version of the TASER in 1994 but it was not the one used in the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daniel Lugo: [groaning and grunting out his situps] I'm hot! I'm big!
Daniel Lugo: [sees a squad of police cars] Fuck!
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Pain & Gain/The Big Wedding (2013) See more »

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Gangsta's Paradise
Feat. L.V.
Written by Stevie Wonder, Douglas Rasheed, Lawrence Sanders, and Artis Ivey
Performed by Coolio
Courtesy of Tommy Boy
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Contains master sample of Pastime Paradise
Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Univeral Music Enterprises
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Great, with a side of horror!
30 April 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was near perfect to me, and let me explain why: The actors portraying the three (can you call them) anti hero's incredibly well. I don't quite know how accurate they were in comparison to the real criminals but as standalone characters they were pitch perfect (even the Rock, who may have actually stolen the show for me).

Tony Shaloub is no actor to be laughed at, he played such an interesting 3 dimensional yet despicable character that forced me to try to come to terms with how I felt with him being the victim.

And what really made the movie for me was the phenomenal writing and directing combination, there were intensely serious moments surrounded by the blackest of black comedy, something that shouldn't have worked, but it did!

My only problem with the flick is that it IS a true story. From what I've heard it's not even based on a true story, it's just a sensationalized docudrama with added humour... Christ (re read this after you see the movie and then you'll find it funny... I hope)

TL;DR VERSION Not for kids; great movie with great casting, writing, direction, cinematography etc.; But it loses a point for taken such a sad, serious story and making it painfully funny.


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