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DVD review: Pain and Gain (2013): Stupidity has never been this entertaining

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Pain and Gain


Pain and Gain is a preposterous, comical account of debauchery that breathes life into an outrageous tale of buffoonery and mayhem. It’s an amusing tale of monkey business that is so unbelievable that it will astonish you that it’s true. The movie utilizes the talents of Mark Wahlberg (Broken City), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Fast and Furious 6), Anthony Mackie (Runner Runner), Ed Harris (Man on A Ledge), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Tony Shaloub (The Siege) and Ken Jeong (The Hangover 3). The film is directed by Michael Bay (The Transformers trilogy).
Pain and Gain (P &G) is a wicked, unbelievable fiasco about the hair-brained plan of a trio of dullards that attempted to steal the fortune of a local millionaire. The story seems as if it’s tailor made for the big screen. It’s like Beavis and Butt-Head on steroids. It’s directed by Michael Bay who is known more for his big budget films and action blockbusters, like The Transformers trilogy and Bad Boys movies, takes a more conventional approach to tell this larger than life tale. “P & G” doesn’t contain the big explosions or car chases or special effects that Bay has become known for, this film, uses the incredulous events and moronic nature of our trio to keep the audience engaged.
The biggest detractor from P & G is the usage of internal monologue. it becomes overwhelming. The movie gives not just one or two of the major characters a chance with it but every one of the characters that are involved in the story has some length of internal monologue. The first 30 min or so is completely flooded with it. It clearly kills the enjoyment of it early on. Consequently, some of is hilarious because of the moronic thoughts that are floating through each of the characters during some of the situations.
The cast is great. The stars of the films take on some of the more untraditional roles than they have become to be associated with. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie each give some of their best work. Not because of the great characters that the three actors are portraying but because they each showcase a side of their acting ability that we are not accustomed to seeing. Rebel Wilson, Ed Harris, and Tony Shaloub each make really good contributions to the film with greatly enhanced the enjoyment of the movie.
Pain and Gain far exceeded my expectations. The film is very, very funny. It’s not that slapstick, in your face kind of humor that floods the movies these days or that overly wordy dialogue that makes up the many of the other types of comedies. It’s a really good real life story that will astonish you by the sheer idiocy of the three men that perpetrated the crime. Bay does a good job at constantly reminding the audience that this is not the Hollywood version of the story. It’s a slow starter than gets better with each passing minute. Pain and Gain isn’t a must see but it’s a don’t miss!


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