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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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$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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When Adrian (Anthony Mackie) presents a dog to his girlfriend Robin (Rebel Wilson), you can see Dexter Morgan's apartment building (from Dexter (2006) series) in the background. See more »

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[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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Unusual (real) story
15 August 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

On the form, not doubt, Pain & Gain has Michael Bay label: very stylized and glossy cinematography (saturated colors, warm lighting), a few big explosions, catchy soundtrack. It's neat and efficient, even though one could deplore the editing a bit heavy, with a lot of voice over and flashbacks sometimes not wisely used.

On the content, we're left a bit disappointed. Of course, the facts are real which makes the movie even more incredible, but you can't seem to implicate yourself in the plot, particularly because of a certain indifference towards the characters, whom you don't hate but towards you don't feel any real compassion which is often the case in those kind of situations. The script also relies sometimes, very disconcertingly, on a very light tone compared to the cruelty of the trio's acts, through comic situations the viewer doesn't really expect. Finally, the duration a bit long coupled with a rather uneven rhythm doesn't help either to create a very digestible film.

Nevertheless, Pain & Gain is worth it just for its extraordinary story. A totally singular story for a movie that won't be much remembered.


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