Pain & Gain 2013 R CC

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When a group of personal trainers decide to steal the American Dream, they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Now, living large will take everything they've got in the unbelievable and outrageous true story.

Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson
Runtime:
2 hours 10 minutes

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Pain & Gain

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action, Comedy
Director Michael Bay
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson
Supporting actors Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Michael Rispoli, Keili Lefkovitz, Emily Rutherfurd, Larry Hankin, Tony Plana, Peter Stormare, Vivi Pineda, Ken Clement, Yolanthe Cabau, Brian Stepanek, Christopher Jestin Langstaff
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Couldn't watch more than the first 30 minutes.
geoscheele
Although it is based on a true story the characters were not believable to me.
B. Conway
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.
Sselhak

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72 of 96 people found the following review helpful By D. Smail on April 25, 2013
Format: DVD
Pain & Gain (2013)- Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Ken Jeong

Premise: Danny Lugo (Wahlberg) is a body builder who is sick of being poor. With his friend, Adrian (Mackie), and an ex-con (Johnson), Danny decides to rob a spoiled and egotistical businessman named Victor Kershaw (Shalhoub). After seemingly succeeding, Kershaw turns to a private investigator (Harris) to recover his finances and deal with the trio...But everything gets out of hand quickly.

Thoughts: This is a Michael Bay film. As such, it matches his general off-kilter aesthetics and love of the "BOOM, BANG, BOOM". That said, this is different from his most recent endeavors (i.e. the Transformers) in that it is exceedingly more violent. However, the cast give morbidly entertaining performances which quickly helped make this a much more enjoyable film. Visually intense, dark and even surprisingly violent at times - the film is an enjoyable dark "R" comedy.

Should you buy it: This comes down to a matter of taste. Do you regularly enjoy Michael Bay films? Then yes, this is a pretty good purchase. I intend to buy it on Bluray since I found it to be quite enjoyable despite the dark content. Unwilling to commit? Rent away!
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99 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Perry on April 23, 2013
Format: DVD
I am really troubled by this Story and Entertained by the way it was presented. The troubling part is that this is said to be a true story.

***Stop reading if you don't like spoilers.***

The story starts with Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) running from what is an obvious raid on his place of employment, he's hit by a car and then the story flashes back to 6 Months earlier.

Daniel is a personal trainer at a local Miami Gym and he comes in contact with a very well to do Colombian-Jewish Entrepreneur. The Entrepreneur's name is withheld to protect the innocent but, needless to say, this guy hires Daniel as Personal Trainer and begins to tell him all about his success in life.

Now Daniel attends a Johnny Wu (Never actually happened) seminar where he is convinced he is A doer and only needs to come up with a plan then make it happen.

One thing leads to another Daniel recruits his two friends, Paul and Adrian, to come up with a plan of how they're going to take the Entrepreneurs life, money, and property away to make it their own.

Needless to say, this whole thing leads to kidnapping, extortion, fraud, attempted murder, a double murder, and two death penalties for 6 months of living the high life.

The acting was decent overall but, playing three dumb, homicidal, muscle heads (no this is not an insult to weight lifters, these guys really were dumb) probably isn't all that challenging.

The movie itself was actually very entertaining, disturbing, and actually well done. I was given tickets to a screening but, I would have honestly paid to see this movie had I not known what I know now.

If you're okay with somewhat morbidly bizarre comedies then you won't be disappointed by this.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Romeo on May 16, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
It's hard to get past the fact that Michael Bay has made some really bad movies in the past. However, after you watch Pain and Gain you realize the guy can make a movie that doesn't need explosions every five minutes.
Mark Whalberg, perfect as the clueless Daniel Lugo, Dwayne Johnson (turning in one of the best performances of his career), and Anthony Mackie make the movie fun to watch. However, it's Tony Shalhoub (Monk) who steals the movie as a kidnap victim. Plus, Ed Harris is in it and he's awesome in pretty much everything.
Pain and Gain is good movie, well worth the watch. Even better, it's free on Amazon Prime. You can't lose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 5, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a true story that reads like dumb crook news. Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a muscle headed body builder who is inspired in ironic fashion by unorthodox motivational speaker Johnny Wu (Ken Jeong). With the aid of two other body builders, Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) they devise a plan to kidnap and extort money from Colombian businessman Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub).

They fumble their way through the operation and become greedy. It is clear these guys were not bright. The writers created dialouge for these crooks in order to lighten the story and to keep them from looking like complete idiots. Fictional aspects such as making the nurse (Rebel Wilson) look heavy-set with portraying Doorbal as liking those type of women kept the story from becoming dry.

The beginning of the film demonstrates some humor as Danny names fictional characters as his heroes..."There are no shortcuts to the American dream" he proclaims. In spite of the efforts made by the writers, the film somehow loses its hook and charm as you wait for it to end.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, sex, and nudity. Porn star Nikki Benz is one of the unnamed strippers.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard Delaney, author: Armorwear on January 19, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Not as entertaining as I would have liked and as a true story It was more of a failure of this persons pursuit of greed and the depth he was prepared to go to and who he’d go through to get it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Bittner TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Updated: This was really based on a true story... Google it, you will be amazed.

I judge a movie by how much I want to see the conclusion when I'm about halfway through it, and Pain & Gain was a movie I was interested to see how it ended and what was its point. I'm somebody who likes comedies and funny banter but I also like character development. One thing I liked about this movie the most was how the voiceovers switched between the different characters and it wasn't just one person doing the majority of the voiceovers.

And I think The Rock did a decent job as the stand-in Jesus freak. I've a hard time watching him in movies for some reason but in this one it was okay. If you're a fan of Mark Wahlberg and figure enjoy this movie thoroughly.
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