“Pain and Gain”April 27th, 2013 at 11:40 am by Sy Becker under A Look at the Movies
2 hours 10 minutes
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris
It’s been a long time since we enjoyed a dark crime comedy that had us cringing and laughing at the same time.
“Pain & Gain” go together like dumb and desperate, describing three bodybuilding buffoons who kidnap their way into the American dream.
A motivational con man sets Mark Wahlberg off on his grand scheme to get rich quick. Since Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie also have bigger biceps than brains, they’re the ideal accomplices in a lunatic scheme to kidnap millionaire businessman Tony Shalhoub.
Their outrageous, free wheeling misadventures are all at once hilarious, tasteless and generally highly entertaining.
To top it all off, the film is based on a true story. Director Michael Bay pours all of his inventive enthusiasm into this zany satire about losers too dumb to recognize their ambitions are way out of their league.
For guys who never started out as actors, Mark Wahlberg and Dwyane Johnson are naturals.
And Tony Shalhoub steals the picture.
You’re in for a delightfully engaging dark comedy that’s as funny as it is offensive. Let’s compliment “Pain & Gain” with three stars.
“Pain & Gain” is worth getting your work out at a theater near you.