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Pain & Gain
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Sep 10, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Michael Bay

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg
The Rock
Anthony Mackie

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Fitness trainer Danny Lugo puts together a trio of bodybuilders to help kidnap and extort the fortune of a douche businessman who Lugo feels is undeserving of set fortune. Sadly, you canít steal the American dream.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
People line up to break Michael Bayís balls, but Iím all cool with the big M. Sure, I think heís fallen into a niche as of late with the TRANSFORMERS films, and now TMNT, which if itís not half bad, could easily become a franchise, but this flick looked like Bay dialing back to his BAD BOYS days (where the hell is BAD BOYS 3 already), and that seemed like a good idea to me. Was it? Yes and no. PAIN & GAIN is a specific brand of vodka that will either go down smooth or put you on your ass. I love vodka, so for me it was a smooth ride, but thatís not to say it didnít have issues.

Firstly, Iíve been an avid gym goer for fifteen years now. I work out hard, and like most guys in the gym, discovered long ago that the human body only goes so far without help. Iíve been a personal trainer, and Iíve dabbled here and there to reach optimum muscle goals. Because of this, I get the underlining of this film, or so I thought. Many people are dubbing this film, ďa movie about three steroid head dummiesĒ, which isnít altogether untrue, but itís not exactly fair either. Then thereís the true story aspect of things, which again, doesnít help or hinder the experience. Not many people will be able to ďget intoĒ this film, and most wonít want to, because despite the humor in the trailer, this isnít a comedy and the characters are anything but likable.

And thatís the real flaw here, the characters. Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and the Rock arenít guys you root for. Yes, theyíre slightly more likeable than their mark, Victor Kershaw, but theyíre not people you want to see win. Wahlbergís Danny Lugo has his moments of genuine humor, but the Rock is the hero of this film in that department. From being able to hear the thoughts in his head (like Dexter), to having an obsession with Jesus, and being completely wasted on coke, the Rock is a scene stealer (the BBQ scene is absolutely hilarious). Yet, for all the promises the trailer makes, as I pointed out, this flick isnít a comedy and moments of humor are few and far between. And Iíll be honest, itís frat boy humor, nothing more.

PAIN & GAIN isnít for everyone, and will be scrutinized accordingly. Bay haters will hate. Anyone not into fitness, or who have a bias against bodybuilding will hate. As a feature film based on true events we could do far worse, as in the end, these ridiculous ďshake your headĒ moments are what helps ground this film. The pace can be erratic at times, but the dialogue and camaraderie between characters is at least fun. I felt Adrianís marriage was a bit overblown, and I wouldíve loved to see more Ken Jeong, but all in all this isnít a complete write-off. That said, I was expecting more.
THE EXTRAS
Previews: There are a couple trailers as well as a DVD Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
One of my biggest pet peeves is when trailer completely botches the tone of a movie. If the trailer has me laughing, it better be a damn comedy. PAIN & GAIN shouldíve been better than this, and whatís up with the ďno extrasĒ? Youíd think at the very least there would be a documentary about the real story behind the film.
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9:18PM on 09/27/2013
This review somewhat confirms my thoughts about the movie, I saw it on the movie shelf the other day and was not sure I wanted to see it....glad I did not pick it up...but should I see it on TV or watch it with someone, then maybe.
This review somewhat confirms my thoughts about the movie, I saw it on the movie shelf the other day and was not sure I wanted to see it....glad I did not pick it up...but should I see it on TV or watch it with someone, then maybe.
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1:22PM on 09/10/2013

the best Bay movie in a long time

And, about the extras... Its Paramount, so they probably will be available ONLY through downloads and specific promotional operations... Thanks, Paramount, for giving me YET another reason to go the pirate way, and FU !
And, about the extras... Its Paramount, so they probably will be available ONLY through downloads and specific promotional operations... Thanks, Paramount, for giving me YET another reason to go the pirate way, and FU !
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10:51AM on 09/10/2013
I thought it was a good time, funny and dark, and man... THE ROCK rules! He is truly capable of so much.. If he only had a better agent... *sigh* GI JOE RETALIATION? Really?
I thought it was a good time, funny and dark, and man... THE ROCK rules! He is truly capable of so much.. If he only had a better agent... *sigh* GI JOE RETALIATION? Really?
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4:43PM on 09/09/2013
I Guess this movie rendered the reviewer speechless...
I Guess this movie rendered the reviewer speechless...
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3:08PM on 09/09/2013
This must surely rate as the best online review for 'Pain & Gain'.
This must surely rate as the best online review for 'Pain & Gain'.
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