PAIN AND GAIN
Vile Criminal Stupidity
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson,
Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris,
Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry,
Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken
Runtime: 130 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Michael Bay
Executive Producer: Matthew Cohan, Scott
Gardenhour, Wendy Japhet
Producer: Michael Bay, Ian Bryce, Donald
Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen
Address Comments To:Sumner Redstone, Chairman
Philippe Dauman, CEO, Viacom
Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO
Adam Goodman, President, Paramount Film Group
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Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
The movie opens with Wahlberg being chased by police. It then jumps back to Wahlberg working as a trainer in a gym. Obsessed with his physique, he feels he is treated with no respect by wealthy clients he trains. After hearing a horrid self-help guru push people to become “doers,” he plans to kidnap a wealthy client with the help of two equally buffed comrades (Dwayne Jonson and Anthony Mackie).
The trio bungles the kidnapping several times and fails in three attempts to kill their hostage. This is some of the sickest “humor” ever filmed. Their Jewish subject is tortured, robbed, forced to sign away his fortune, and at one point virtually forced to accept Jesus as Lord. Johnson plays an ex-con and drug addict who thinks he’s Christian.
The movie is heavily laced with abundant obscenities, violence, sex, nudity, drugs and alcohol all played for laughs. At the end of the movie, you are shown the actual men who committed these crimes. In a sick way, the movie shows just how foolish mankind can be when consumed with pride, jealousy, lust, and greed.
PAIN & GAIN stands as yet another monument to how low some filmmakers are willing to go. The fact that some Americans will actually buy tickets to this trash says something about how low some lost people are willing to go. Brutal kidnapping and murder is not entertainment. Americans need to encourage America’s major studios to be more responsible. In the 1930s, public pressure had a profound influence in Hollywood. The Motion Picture Code was enforced and helped restrain the studios from making filth like PAIN & GAIN.
While the movie has some production values, it deserves nothing but condemnation. All involved in making the movie need our prayers. God loves the people who made this movie, but their work deserves rebuke.
PAIN & GAIN is heavily laced with more than 200 obscenities, graphic violence, sexual references, extreme nudity, drugs, and alcohol abuse, all played for laughs. In a sick way, the movie shows just how foolish mankind can be when consumed with pride, envy, jealousy, lust, and greed.