Pain and Gain
- 2 hr 9 min
The film Pain and Gain, set in the 1990s in Miami, Florida, is based on a true story of three men who embark on an ill-advised plan to extort assets from their victims. In a dark turn of the Horacio Alger story, three weightlifters become dissatisfied with their lives as trainers at a gym. They are envious of the rich people who pay them to work as personal trainers. Daniel Lugo, played by Mark Wahlberg, who is also known as Marky Mark is the leader. His sidekick and wingman is Adrian Doorbal, played by Anthony Mackie. The third man is a very sweet ex-convict and born-again Christian, Paul Doyle, played by Dwayne Johnson, who is also known by his wrestling name, The Rock. The three weightlifters, named The Sun Gym Gang, get an idea after listening to a motivational speaker, played by Ken Jeong, and misinterpreting his message. They devise a plan to kidnap an entrepreneur named Victor Kershaw, played by Tony Shalhoub, who runs a chain of sandwich shops and hold Kershaw hostage until they've forced him to sign over all of his monetary assets. They have to try many times before they are finally able to capture Kershaw, because things keep going awry, as all of their plans are poorly thought out and very badly executed. But finally they do capture him. Then, after all those botched attempts to kidnap him, they have to torture Kershaw, but Kershaw still won't sign or croak. The sandwich magnate finally manages to escape his captures, but he's really injured -- and has become really mad, too. Kershaw decides to seek his own restitution and hires a private investigator, played by Ed Harris, to track down and locate the three members of the Sun Gym Gang. Meanwhile, the Sun Gym Gang has ineptly tried to kidnap someone else. At the same time, Lugo, Doorbal, and Doyle are all battling their own problems. There are erectile dysfunction issues due to steroid use, and the ever present specter of irrational anger that can suddenly afflict steroid users, known as 'roid rage, is a definite problem. Drug addictions take their toll. And there is no escape from the fact that their ill-gotten gains are rashly spent and they always need more money, and that brawn and no brains is getting the gang in serious trouble!