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Rated R · 129 minutes · 2013

Action, Comedy drama, Docudrama
Director Michael Bay delivers the rare decent film with this crazy concoction based on a true story. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie play a trio of bodybuilders who decide to kidnap a rich guy (Tony Shalhoub) and force him to sign over all of his assets. The kidnapping plot nets them the dough, but greed and general stupidity result in the plan going south and people dying. Bay uses the story, based on the real life shenanigans of Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) to poke fun at the ’90s, give Wahlberg a chance to get laughs Wahlberg-style, and provide Johnson with his best role yet. The movie contains all of that stuff that makes Bay such an annoying director (slo-mo, hyper-editing, etc.) but it works because the actors pull it off.


See our full review: Hyper and Sloppy

Hyper and Sloppy

You have to like a movie where Tony Shalhoub eats a taco blindfolded, right? »

Official Site: www.painandgainmovie.com
Director: Michael Bay
Producer: Donald De Line, Michael Bay, Ian Bryce, Matthew Cohan and Wendy Japhet
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, Bar Paly and Rebel Wilson

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North Coast Journal Michael Bay, Reconsidered The explosion-loving musclehead makes a personal movie, with explosions and muscles by John J. Bennett 05/02/2013
The Coast Halifax Pain & Gain Dimwitted dudes with shiny muscles by Jacob Boon 04/25/2013
Portland Mercury Mostly Pain Pain & Gain: a premise worthy of the Coen bros., unfortunately it's by Michael Bay. by Paul Constant 04/24/2013
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Creative Loafing Charlotte Pain & Gain: Penal dysfunction Rating: ** by Matt Brunson 04/26/2013
SF Weekly "Pain & Gain": Michael Bay Gets His T&A by Sherilyn Connelly 04/24/2013

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