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

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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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Trivia

Michael Bay had been wanting to make this film since 2000. He delayed doing so multiple times in favor of the Transformers (2007) series. He specifically said he wanted to make a small inexpensive film as a change of pace. See more »

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When the assistant in the gun shop is shot with the Taser you can clearly see the outline of body armor under his shirt. 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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References Pumping Iron (1977) See more »

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Speak Up
Written by John Costello, David Hilker, and Jeffrey A. Freundlich
Performed by Marcus Latief Scott
Courtesy of Fervor Records
By arrangement with Wild Whirled Music
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Inconsistent: First Half Fun, Second Half Not
13 May 2013 | by (Quezon City, Philippines) – See all my reviews

It was the 1990s. Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a body builder and personal fitness trainer with big dreams. Unfortunately, he had bad ideas to achieve these dreams. Together with two other muscle-head friends, Adrian (Anthony Mackie) and Paul (Dwayne Johnson), he kidnaps and extorts money from one of his rich clients Victor Kershaw (Tony Shaloub). Plans do not exactly go as planned and instead leads to a series of over-the-top murder and mayhem as only director Michael Bay could give us. That this preposterous story was actually based on a crime that happened in real life was an incredible aspect of the film.

The movie is really about very serious heinous crimes, but the writers make it black comedy material by focusing on the stupid planning and bumbling actions of the three muscle-bound perpetrators of these crimes. I enjoyed the first half of the movie when the comedy was actually there on the screen, especially with Tony Shaloub and Rebel Wilson (as Adrian's nurse and girlfriend) there. However, when The Rock's character Paul becomes a cocaine addict which leads to their gang's downward spiral, the film also spirals downward, loses its sense of fun and becomes difficult to watch.


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