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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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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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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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Sangre, sudor y gloria  »

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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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In real life John Mese (played by Rob Corddry) was actually more involved with the kidnapping and also was in his 50's. Although he was never physically involved with the kidnapping he was aware of what was happening. Along with notarizing the documents he was also an accountant. He was responsible for helping the Sun Gym gang open up fake businesses and accounts to launder all the money. During trial he was offered a plea bargain of 9 years (minus the 2 1/2 years he had already been in jail for the trial). He turned it down and instead was found guilty and sentenced to 56 years in prison. Additionally he had a history with the private detective Ed Du Bois (played by Ed Harris) as in the past they went to school together and helped each other with business. This further complicated the early investigation as initially the private detective did not believe his old friend from school could of been involved in such a crime. It wasn't until John Mese allowed Ed Du Bois to search his office that his guilt became obvious. John Mese did not realize that Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) and his gang had left written paper records of their kidnapping plans and forged documents in the office trash bin. That was the first time the private detective and police began to believe that the kidnapping was true. See more »

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One of the members of the S.W.A.T. team that went after Daniel Lugo in the beginning of the film had a MAGPUL magazine on his rifle as he exited the APC. The MAGPUL magazine grip was not introduced until 1999, but the film takes place in 1995. 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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Written by Gerhard Narholz (as Sammy Burdson)
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Interesting Take on a Surprisingly True Story,
8 June 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Pain & Gain is a great movie with a very well developed storyline and an outstanding cast that have the ability both serious and funny which made them great casting for a movie I like this.Although it is very hard to believe,this is actually based on a true story,and as the movie continues it becomes more and more unbelievable,but are robed every now and again that it is actually a true story,which was clever because they obviously knew people would be thinking that throughout.This movie has different characters narrating throughout,which is something I have complained about in past reviews,I just think we should only be following one character,and when we learn about a different characters past it should still be the main character telling their story,I think it should have just been Mark Wahlberg's character telling the story instead of switching around to Dwayne Johnson,to Bar Paly and later on Ed Harris,they gave so much characters the chance to narrate which just really irritates me.The movie really is a breath of fresh air considering it is directed by Michael Bay,who's never done a movie like this before,and the characters are nothing like Mark Wahlberg,Dwayne Johnson or Anthony Mackie have played before. Pain & Gain is a very enjoyable movie that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good action or comedy.

Based on a true story about three bodybuilders who get involved in burglary and kidnapping in order to get all the money and wealthy lifestyle they desire,but to fact that none of them are particularity brainy dosen't help them.

Best Performance: Mark Wahlberg


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