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Pain & Gain (2013)

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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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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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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,244,505, 28 April 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,875,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,175,291
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Trivia

One of the several Sun Gym gang criminals Dwayne John's character was comprised of was John Raimondo. He was 6'5", 250 lbs, a power-lifter, karate expert and a six-year employee of the Metro-Dade County Corrections Department who (when he wasn't guarding inmates at the county jail) liked to brag he was out committing home invasions. John Raimondo was the actual person who they approached and payed to help them with disposing of the 2 bodies. In return Doorbal and Lugo payed him $9000, a Rolex watch (which was actually Marc Schiller's [in the movie named Victor Kershaw played by Tony Shalhoub]) and gave him the Lamborghini Diablo (which he then had to get rid of because it was evidence). John Raimondo later pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and was sentenced to eight years in prison. 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 »

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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Chemical Method
Written by John Costello and David Hilker
Performed by 2 da Groove
Courtesy of Muzik Headz
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Great, with a side of horror!
30 April 2013 | by 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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