Hawaii Mom Blog: Pain & Gain - In Theaters Now




April 26, 2013

Pain & Gain - In Theaters Now

Note: We were given complimentary passes to the screening.

Pain & Gain (Rated R):

From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain & Gain,” a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. 

My husband recently attended a screening of Pain & Gain, which premiered today in theaters, and here is his review:

Pain & Gain is the story of personal trainer Daniel Lugo, played by Mark Wahlberg, who is inspired by watching a Jonny Wu (Ken Jeong) commercial on how to become a "doer" and live the good life. What he decides to do is kidnap a wealthy client (an excellent Tony Shalhoub) and force him to sign over everything he owns.

Lugo is assisted in this crazy-but-true plot by two fellow muscle-heads, one of which is portrayed by Dwayne Johnson, who does a fantastic job of playing a born-again, temporarily sober ex-con, who happens to be a genuinely nice guy. This role is tailor-made for him and he provides much of the humor in Pain & Gain.

I admit I liked Pain & Gain, but I was torn - I found myself laughing often throughout the movie, but knowing that it's based on real-life events made me feel a bit guilty about finding any amusement in the film, especially when seeing all the despicable and violent acts the characters committed.

Overall, I thought the actors did a terrific job in their roles, and I ultimately found the movie entertaining.

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