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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.

Director:

Michael Bay

Writers:

Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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Their American Dream Is Bigger Than Yours See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

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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Trivia

Mark Wahlberg said that his sons loved the enormous, muscular, body-builder physique that he was sporting during filming, but his daughters hated it. See more »

Goofs

When Lugo, Adrian, and Paul are standing over the tanning bed looking at the stacks of cash, the bills feature modern one-hundred dollar bill notes with large heads. The film takes place in 1995 and these bills would not be introduced until several years later. 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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Edited from Bad Boys II (2003) 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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The Gain is worth the Pain
18 July 2013 | by aciessiSee all my reviews

For years, Michael Bay's career has solely consisted of shoot em up flicks and apocalyptic disaster movies. One after the other, they've always told the same stories, utilized the same clichés and have been brutalized by critics everywhere. Personally, I never had anything against the guy. He does what he loves to do and almost 100% of the time gives his audience what they're there for. But don't mistake him as a one trick pony. Bay has been making a career of blockbusters for the sole purpose of having the luxury to make serious, less expensive movies. Pain & Gain might be proof positive of my point. It was quite a daring move for Bay to commit to such a bold feat as to make a film based on the true events of the Sun Gym gang. Like most of the film's critics (and there are quite an abundance of them), I agree that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to reenact the actual murders and backstabbing actions that these murderers did and play them up for laughs. Because, yes, this is indeed a comedy. Or is it? I can't tell what genre this movie falls under. But I cant deny thats its entertaining. I was very interested in the story of the actual events. What I'm trying to say is, the execution couldn't have been better in telling the story. The performances from Wahlberg, Johnson and Mackie were equally unique and insanely enjoyable. The three of them were able to capture the meat-headed simpletons that these criminals really were. The movie as a whole works. As a thriller, I was thrilled. But as a comedy, I was sort of indifferent. At times, I found myself laughing at some of the film's darker shaded sense of humor, and rolling my eyes at the cringe worthy, Adam Sandler style gross out jokes that the film unwillingly felt obligated to shove down our throats. An identity crisis, this film indeed had. When you get past all these cons, Pain & Gain is a well crafted, violent joy ride. Its one of the most underrated films of the year, and its worth your time in seeing it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA) 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:

$87,305,549
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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