We have all heard the maxim “truth is stranger than fiction,” and for the most part this is true. But if the story in “Pain and Gain” is even partially true, then I will no longer even attempt to write fiction.
Danny Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a bodybuilder and gym manager who apparently plays with steroids. When he begins to listen to motivational speaker (Ken Jeong – obnoxious Miller Lite commercial guy), he decides to be a “doer, not a don’t-er.” Danny recruits two other steroid-injecting bodybuilders, (Dwayne Johnson a.k.a – the “Rock” and Anthony Mackie). The Johnson character is an ex-con turned Christian coke addict and the Mackie character suffers from erectile dysfunction; a result of the steroid use. The plan is to kidnap a rich client from the gym (Tony Shaloub – Monk) and force him to sign his fortune away. When the caper goes bad and the client escapes, a private detective (Ed Harris) is brought in to track down the steroid induced idiots.
Basically what director Michael Bay (Transformers, Bad Boys, and Pearl Harbor) has brought us is the “Three Stooges on Steroids.” The dialogue is hilarious and the story is so absurd that you will conjecture to yourself “is it really possible that anyone could be so stupid?” The acting by all three of the main characters is good: Mark Wahlberg as the mastermind idiot; Dwayne Johnson as bulked up, coke snorting, converted Christian, and Anthony Mackie as the erectile dysfunctional dummy. This is some funny stuff, so if you’re in a bad mood and you’re looking for a mood enhancer, rent it.
My Rating: 3 of 5 Steroid Stooges.