Wahlberg, Johnson Buddy Up in “Pain and Gain”

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“Pain and Gain” is a movie starring Mark Wahlberg that is based on a series of investigative articles in 1999 written by Pete Collins for the Miami New Times about the Sun Gym Gang. Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) decides he has to make his move before he’s destined to wearing sweatpants to work every day. He’s a physical trainer who takes steroids and dreams of having an easy life.

He and partner Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) undertook a kidnapping that didn’t go as planned. Tony Shalhoub, of “Monk” fame, plays the kidnappee, Victor Kershaw. Dwayne Johnson, who used to be The Rock when he was a professional wrestler, comes on the team with Lugo and Doorbal as an enforcer, but he’s committed to non-violence.

“Pain and Gain” has ample doses of both pain and gain, but it specializes in copious amounts of skin. There are gym and beach scenes constantly that are crammed with young hardbodies. Former Calvin Klein underwear model Wahlberg and Johnson do their fair share of bare-chested prancing, usually while conjuring up their big plans. Johnson and Wahlberg work well together. The film is definitely a “crime doesn’t pay” movie. In reality, Lugo and Doorbal are sitting on Death Row in Florida for their crimes. This film is no documentary. It’s an action crime film with a heavy dose of comedy, most of which is based on the stupidity of the main characters.

Fans of Wahlberg, Johnson or Anthony Mackie will definitely get their money’s worth from this film. If you’re a huge fan, you should get yourself some tickets to the world premiere and after-party in New York City on Monday, April 15. You’ll be among the very first people to see the flick, and you’ll get to attend the exclusive Hollywood-style after-party in the city that never sleeps. That’s like four layers of excitement stacked on top of each other.

VIP Concierge has the movie premiere tickets and passes you need to get next to all the action. Get your passes early, before you end up going to work in your sweatpants for the rest of your life.