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Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie and Tony Shalhoub

Rated: R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: April 26, 2013 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

At the very beginning of Pain & Gain we learn it's based on a true story. Watching the film is difficult knowing that the characters and facts are real. Kidnapping, murder, torture and extortion are nothing to laugh about, yet for some unknown reason it somehow passes as acceptable. This is supposed to be a comedy? More like a comedy of errors. These guys make the Three Stooges look like geniuses.
The acting is admirable, however Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie are convincing as the bodybuilding kidnappers. And Tony Shalhoub is perfectly cast as kidnap victim Victor Kershaw.
I just couldn't stomach the ongoing level of stupidity by the terrible trio, who were easily some of the dumbest criminals on the planet. People suffered and died because of their collective dumbness. I'm not sure why Michael Bay thought it important to document such idiocy.   I just couldn't get into it.  

Pain & Gain had the potential to say something important. It just never did.

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