Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain
Are you a do-er or a don't-er?
Last week me and Sarah watched Pain & Gain (2013) by Transformers: Age of Extinction director/four-time Worst Director nominee Michael Bay. When a teaser for it flashed by on Monday, she immediately turned to me and asked, "Did we just find a movie to watch?"

Of course I was like:

Boston beefcake Mark Wahlberg is awesome, former WWE champion Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a surprisingly enjoyable actor, sort-of-Avenger Anthony Mackie is good in everything, and the trailer contained just the right mix of comedy, weirdness an action to pique my interest. Michael Bay, you dog you.

The skinny

After serving time for Medicare fraud, muscleman Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) is hired by Sun Gym owner John Mese (Rob Corddry) to work as a fitness instructor and increase membership. He quickly befriends fellow trainer Adrian Doorbal (Mackie), an impotent steroid user, and starts lusting after the earnings and lifestyle of gym client Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalboub). Inspired by motivational speaker Johnny Wu (Mr. Chow Ken Jeong) and the belief that Kershaw is a sleazy crook, Lugo hatches a plan to extort Kershaw for his assets by kidnapping and torturing him. After recruiting Doorbal and Paul Doyle (Johnson), a cocaine-addicted convict who has turned to Christianity, his crazy plan is set into motion.

The review

Well, that sure was entertaining blend of comedy and satire. As Bay loosely interprets a horrific true story, check out the Miami New Times articles by Pete Collins here, to conjure up a high-octane and in-your-face crime comedy that you can't help but love. The comedyic chemistry between the main actors is first class and will quickly warm you to the lunkheaded trio, even if you better judgement urges you not to.

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