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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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Michael Bay

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Daniel Lugo
Dwayne Johnson ... Paul Doyle
Anthony Mackie ... Adrian Doorbal
Tony Shalhoub ... Victor Kershaw
Ed Harris ... Ed DuBois
Rob Corddry ... John Mese
Bar Paly ... Sorina Luminita
Rebel Wilson ... Robin Peck
Ken Jeong ... Jonny Wu
Michael Rispoli ... Frank Griga
Keili Lefkovitz ... Krisztina Furton
Emily Rutherfurd ... Carolyn 'Cissy' DuBois
Larry Hankin ... Pastor Randy
Tony Plana ... Captain Lopez
Peter Stormare ... Dr. Bjornson
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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sangre, sudor y gloria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,244,505, 28 April 2013

Gross USA:

$49,875,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,175,291
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The book the Motel Clerk was reading is The Master Spy: The Story of Kim Philby - by Phillip Knightly. See more »

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The Crown Victorias used in the police raid in the beginning of the film are the second generation, which were first manufactured for the 1998 model year. 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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Inconsistent: First Half Fun, Second Half Not
13 May 2013 | by 3xHCCHSee 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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