Friday, April 26, 2013

This weekend: Get pumped on laughs with Pain & Gain.

You'll be going BIG in just another week with perhaps the biggest Superhero movie of all time (so far) as Robert Downey Jr. & company grab screens and ticket sales with Iron Man 3. In the meantime, this weekend's wide release showcases Mark Wahlberg's superb comic timing (and incredible ability to buff-up for action roles) in Pain & Gain.

Sharing screen time and laughs are Dwayne Johnson and Tony Shalhoub with lots of support from the likes of Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Ed Harris, Rob Corddry and Ken Jeong.

This isn't anything you couldn't wait for on download or streaming queues, but hey, it's a fun night in a real movie theater. If you've never tired one, this may be a great time to check-out a dine-in theater experience, since there won't be much need to watch the screen so closely.

The trailer for this movie (there's only been one, along with lots of TV spots), had me chuckling when it was first released. Add in a directing turn from Michael Bay, who is also directing Wahlberg in next year's as-yet untitled Transformers movie, and it's certain there won't be any lack of pyrotechnics or car chases.

And any movie that takes its lead character from driving a Pontiac Fiero to an exotic super car at least has an interesting character arc to relate.

But let's not get all analytical. This is a movie to go with, no matter where the journey takes you.

Next week that trip will be taking you straight to Stark Industries.

Thanks to Paramount Pictures.

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