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Pain & Gain (2013)

R  |   |  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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dolor y dinero  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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For his role as a body builder, Mark Wahlberg bulked up to 212 pounds for this film. See more »


When Ed Dubois pulls up to the hotel in his car where Victor Kershaw is, the scene is shot from the side of his car, with the camera moving in closer as he comes to a stop. During that brief shot you can clearly see the whole crew reflected off the car, it's so detailed you can see them walking in as per the shot. See more »


[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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.126 (2013) See more »


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Written by Cedric Gervais and Dee Robert
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Surprising Film - Not What I Expected
29 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't thrilled with the movie, but that doesn't mean it was not good. Actually, I think this film had incredible substance, due particularly in part to the casting. I would have given it 7 stars, but the length of the film took it down a notch (they could have knocked off 14-19 minutes worth of unnecessary, and sometimes boring footage).

The film started off with Wahlberg seeming to be just like Wahlberg. But, long story short, he and the film evolved to a character that fit him (and vice versa). Based upon the plot, I think it was a good match.

Dwayne Johnson is not brand new to drama, but this was a different kind of role nonetheless. I don't feel he was 100% there, but his likable character makes you just ignore it. I think with a few more roles like this, he'll be better.

I'm not that familiar with Mackie, but he did a great job in his role. Apart from Shalhoub, he was probably one of the most believable characters. He made me think of a subdued and more serious version of Mike Epps.

Shalhoub....well, what can you say about this guy? He was awesome in Monk, and his style is always great. He is a talented actor and the casting of him was a solid choice. He has that goof look to him, yet his face can show some noteworthy seriousness. This was no Giamatti being cast as a thug...Shalhoub can pull off a "tough guy" pretty well.

I've always been fond of Ed Harris, but his role was insignificant. Same for Corddry.

All in all, this was a well-made film deserving to be watched. I doubt I would ever watch it again due to it's slow development at times, but I'm glad I did see it. The casting was unexpected and unique.

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