Walberg is really showing his range now with another good looking comedy follow up to Ted. This is going to have some good laughs I can tell.
Based on a true story, Pain & Gain follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. First told in an article from the Miami New Times, the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Tony Shalhoub, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong and Yolanthe Cabau.
Very good vibrations: Mark Wahlberg would reunite with the Funky Bunch for Boston fundraiser
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Here’s some news that’s good like Sunkist: Important Actor Mark Wahlberg — a.k.a. Marky Mark, shirtless Bush I-era heartthrob — has indicated to TMZ that he’d be willing to reunite with his ’90s hip-hop group The Funky Bunch — a.k.a. Scottie Gee, DJ-T, Ashey Ace, and, most importantly, Hector the Booty Inspector — for a fundraiser benefiting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Exploiting a real story involving torture and the dismemberment of innocent people for B.O. receipts is not something I will support with my hard-earned $$$.
The film, apparently, can be considered an action "comedy" because of its insane story. I don't know if the filmmakers exploited the story for B.O receipts, but I do know it IS a true story involving 3 lunatics who clearly lost contact with reality. We could say that Tarantino has exploited History in his last 2 movies for B.O. receipts, or that Spielberg exploited a real story for B.O. receipts with Schindler... I still fail to see what the issue is with Pain & Gain, or maybe it's just that people (and I don't mean you) think Michael Bay shouldn't be allowed to make crime dramas because Michael Bay is an idiot blah blah blah... I'll give the film a chance before judging it.
Seems like even a straight documentary of this story would be absurdly comical in parts, but since I can't imagine Wahlberg and The Rock not trying to portray the killers as somehow likable or sympathetic (ala Jules and Vincent in 'Pulp Fiction'), I can see why the victims' survivors are so offended that the story was turned into a big production with a couple of Hollywood's most popular stars playing the leads.
Then again, if Martin Scorsese had to worry about offending Spider's surviving family members, he might never have made 'Goodfellas.'
Saw this over the weekend. It was entertaining enough. I didn't really get behind any of the characters as they're all scumbags. Which should be right up my alley. Thank Gawd Rebel Wilson doesn't have a nude scene. I give it 3/5.
okay.... my, um, "point", was that none of us knows him personally, so I don't see why I would call him a "scumbag"... He does what he does, and millions of people go see his movies, which make billions. So whatever kind of individual he might be, most people seem to enjoy his movies. What makes you think he's a scumbag? That seems a bit extreme to me, that's all.