Critics Consensus: Pain & Gain is Visceral But Uneven

Plus, The Big Wedding is a big misfire.

This week at the movies, we've got bodybuilding bad guys (Pain & Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and matrimonial mishaps (The Big Wedding, starring Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton). What do the critics have to say?

Pain & Gain

49%

Michael Bay is not the kind of guy to tone things down just because he's working with a smaller budget. However, critics say the auteur behind Armageddon and the Transformers franchise has tempered the visceral impact of Pain & Gain with a fair amount of black comedy, and the result is uneven but often queasily compelling. Based on a bizarre true story, Pain & Gain is the tale of three bodybuilders who concoct a scheme to kidnap a wealthy businessman and wrest control of his riches. However, the plan quickly goes awry, with violent repercussions. The pundits say Pain & Gain's pitch-black sense of humor and charismatic leads can't quite make up for the movie's stylistic excess and lack of nuance. (Check out this week's 24 Frames for a gallery of films based on magazine and newspaper articles.)

The Big Wedding

7%

Critics say The Big Wedding is a comedy that audiences should decline with regrets; its all-star cast is stranded in a contrived, strained plot that features broad stabs at humor but few laughs. Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton star as a divorced couple who reunite for their son's wedding and pretend to be happily married for the sake of his bride-to-be's conservative mother; hilarity allegedly ensues. The pundits say The Big Wedding is a big misfire, with shopworn slapstick gags and stereotypical characters.Check out this week's Total Recall for a countdown of Keaton's best-reviewed movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Comments

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Mud has my interest. I've been in love with Matthew McCounhey movies a lot. Let's hope he doesn't go back to that romantic comedy bull shit again.
As for Pain & Gain, I guess it was doomed the second Michael Bay signed to direct it. Oh well, there's always the Rock (movie, not actor)
Anyways, I'm bored.
OH YEAH, SO TELL ME WHY I was on Wikipedia Iron Man 3 has the plot. I tried to avoid spoilers, but I saw it. NEVER USE WIKIPEDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Jay Cutler out

Apr 25 - 04:52 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I saw the spoiler here on the Iron Man forum yesterday. I have to say, I'm a little disappointed with that move.

Apr 25 - 07:18 PM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

I am glad I am not the only one who is.

Apr 26 - 06:51 AM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

Haha I am a Wikipedia editor and I could have told you this. There is a guideline that says you can't censor spoilers.

Apr 26 - 10:27 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Good evidence against anyone who thinks the studio-theater-chain-cartel knows what they're doing.

"Mud" in their eye. (And mine, hopefully.)

I'm also interested in "Kon-Tiki" (I wish the filmmakers had better cred, though), Amy Seimetz's debut "Sun Don't Shine", the experimental animated "Oversimplification" and Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children".

I usually feel bad for John Cusack when he takes these sub-Neeson/Cage roles, but at least he's not laughing painfully like DeNiro. That is truly pathetic.

Apr 25 - 04:57 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Yeah, the greats back in the day, Pacino and DeNiro, are now doing this. I mean just when you thought DeNiro was done with comedy with 'Little Fockers' he comes out with this.
And Pacino was in Jack and Jill. Albeit, he was pretty funny in that movie, but Scamdler wasn't

Apr 25 - 05:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

OK

Apr 25 - 05:09 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

It must be weird that this is the first time I haven't trolled you in a while, right?

Apr 25 - 05:11 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Not weird. Still creepy.

Apr 25 - 08:27 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

How's it creepy? I'm just commenting on DeNiro's poor choice on movies, now.

Apr 26 - 02:50 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Because you can't take a hint. This is passive-aggressive trolling. You may have noticed that I don't like you very much. Your persistence is stalker-esque. Think Kathy Baker from "Misery".

Apr 26 - 10:30 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I'm not stalking you, I'm just replying to a comment that caught my eye

Apr 26 - 11:57 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Aw. How coy. If I hadn't already asked you a dozen times not to reply to my comments, I might even shed a tear for your poor misunderstood inability to find anything better to do. But no. You're just a turd that won't flush. (Seriously, take a hike.)

Apr 26 - 01:28 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Well, you're talking about me having nothing to do when your the one replying to my comments. Oh no, don't ignore me now. You absolutely have nothing better to do than insult me even when I'm trying to comment. Oh, if I'm a turd, your diarrhea.

Apr 26 - 04:04 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The door's in the other direction. Don't let it hit you.

Apr 26 - 11:08 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

I wish Mud was playing in more places. Take Shelter is easily in my top 10 favourite movies.

Apr 26 - 04:44 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Certainly one of the best recent films.

Apr 26 - 11:09 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Yeah, the greats back in the day, Pacino and DeNiro, are now doing this. I mean just when you thought DeNiro was done with comedy with 'Little Fockers' he comes out with this.
And Pacino was in Jack and Jill. Albeit, he was pretty funny in that movie, but Scamdler wasn't

Apr 25 - 05:01 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

OK

Apr 25 - 05:09 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

It must be weird that this is the first time I haven't trolled you in a while, right?

Apr 25 - 05:11 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Not weird. Still creepy.

Apr 25 - 08:27 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

How's it creepy? I'm just commenting on DeNiro's poor choice on movies, now.

Apr 26 - 02:50 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Because you can't take a hint. This is passive-aggressive trolling. You may have noticed that I don't like you very much. Your persistence is stalker-esque. Think Kathy Baker from "Misery".

Apr 26 - 10:30 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I'm not stalking you, I'm just replying to a comment that caught my eye

Apr 26 - 11:57 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Aw. How coy. If I hadn't already asked you a dozen times not to reply to my comments, I might even shed a tear for your poor misunderstood inability to find anything better to do. But no. You're just a turd that won't flush. (Seriously, take a hike.)

Apr 26 - 01:28 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Well, you're talking about me having nothing to do when your the one replying to my comments. Oh no, don't ignore me now. You absolutely have nothing better to do than insult me even when I'm trying to comment. Oh, if I'm a turd, your diarrhea.

Apr 26 - 04:04 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The door's in the other direction. Don't let it hit you.

Apr 26 - 11:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

OK

Apr 25 - 05:09 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

It must be weird that this is the first time I haven't trolled you in a while, right?

Apr 25 - 05:11 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Not weird. Still creepy.

Apr 25 - 08:27 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

How's it creepy? I'm just commenting on DeNiro's poor choice on movies, now.

Apr 26 - 02:50 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Because you can't take a hint. This is passive-aggressive trolling. You may have noticed that I don't like you very much. Your persistence is stalker-esque. Think Kathy Baker from "Misery".

Apr 26 - 10:30 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I'm not stalking you, I'm just replying to a comment that caught my eye

Apr 26 - 11:57 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Aw. How coy. If I hadn't already asked you a dozen times not to reply to my comments, I might even shed a tear for your poor misunderstood inability to find anything better to do. But no. You're just a turd that won't flush. (Seriously, take a hike.)

Apr 26 - 01:28 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Well, you're talking about me having nothing to do when your the one replying to my comments. Oh no, don't ignore me now. You absolutely have nothing better to do than insult me even when I'm trying to comment. Oh, if I'm a turd, your diarrhea.

Apr 26 - 04:04 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The door's in the other direction. Don't let it hit you.

Apr 26 - 11:08 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

It must be weird that this is the first time I haven't trolled you in a while, right?

Apr 25 - 05:11 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Besides "The Rock" and the very first "Transformers" film, would you believe this is Michael Bay's third highest rated film here on RT for he seems like one of those directors where the users like him more than the critics! And will Bay ever have one more positive movie under belt before he dies!

Apr 25 - 05:19 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Proof that Katherine Heigl's negative mojo is powerful enough to bring down De Niro and Keaton combined.

Apr 25 - 05:29 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

OR Proof that DeNiro and Keaton don't give a shit about Katherine Heigl

Apr 25 - 05:33 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, I suspect that her role in that film is not a major one!

Apr 25 - 06:00 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

OR Proof that DeNiro and Keaton don't give a shit about Katherine Heigl

Apr 25 - 05:33 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Based on the 1st and 3rd TRANSFORMER, and on the 1st half of ARMAGEDDON, and on a big fraction of PEARL HARBOR, I can tell Michael Bay IS capable of making an entertaining without action. So I think PAIN & GAIN deserves a chance.

After DeNiro came back with SILVER LININGS, and Seyfried FINALLY was in a good movie post-MAMMA MIA! (LES MIS), they go back to a bad movie. Too bad. I'm not surpriesed at BIG WEDDING's rating. Keaton and Williams' schticks became annoying a while ago. And don't even get me started with Heigl. I hope Topher Grace can woo me with his charm (yes, I'm straight).

Apr 25 - 05:39 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I hear good things about Seyfried's next movie "Lovelace", plus she'll more than likely be nekkid in it which I find makes her acting far more compelling.

Apr 25 - 05:45 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Isn't that the case with all attractive actresses?

Apr 25 - 07:17 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Not all of them. I find Rachel Weisz really odd and off putting in love scenes. Whenever that scene in Enemy as the Gates comes up I have to turn the channel. She just looks that uncomfortable.

Apr 25 - 07:39 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Weisz's sex scenes in "Stealing Beauty" are just fine.

Apr 25 - 08:27 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I hear good things about Seyfried's next movie "Lovelace", plus she'll more than likely be nekkid in it which I find makes her acting far more compelling.

Apr 25 - 05:45 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Isn't that the case with all attractive actresses?

Apr 25 - 07:17 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Not all of them. I find Rachel Weisz really odd and off putting in love scenes. Whenever that scene in Enemy as the Gates comes up I have to turn the channel. She just looks that uncomfortable.

Apr 25 - 07:39 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Weisz's sex scenes in "Stealing Beauty" are just fine.

Apr 25 - 08:27 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I can't even tell what kind of movie Pain & Gain is supposed to be.

Apr 25 - 05:57 PM

Ash Gilmore

Ash J. Gilmore

Action/Comedy

Apr 26 - 09:27 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

ie bowel humor

Apr 26 - 11:10 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, I suspect that her role in that film is not a major one!

Apr 25 - 06:00 PM

Daniel Irwin

Daniel Irwin

I already guessed a 0% for "The Big Wedding" back in the film's message boards. And I'll probably be right. Can't jinx myself.

As for "Pain and Gain", I knew it looked fishy. Michael Bay is just not a very good filmmaker. The fact he has any bearing of mind in cinema just bugs me. I hope Peter Travers rips the movie apart.

I'm just going to wait until IRON MAN 3 comes out next weekend, so I can catch up on the "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook" DVD's - two of the best movies of last year.

Apr 25 - 06:01 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Looks like you jinxed yourself with Big Wedding. Oops.

Apr 25 - 07:16 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

HA-HAH the movie you thought was going to be totally sucky, sucks a little less **Nelson Muntz voice**

Apr 25 - 07:40 PM

Sean D.

Sean D

Travers does and with great relish!
He apparently was the only critic to be banned from the screening of Pain and Gain. Check out his April scum bucket vid.

Apr 26 - 04:46 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Looks like you jinxed yourself with Big Wedding. Oops.

Apr 25 - 07:16 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Isn't that the case with all attractive actresses?

Apr 25 - 07:17 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Not all of them. I find Rachel Weisz really odd and off putting in love scenes. Whenever that scene in Enemy as the Gates comes up I have to turn the channel. She just looks that uncomfortable.

Apr 25 - 07:39 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Weisz's sex scenes in "Stealing Beauty" are just fine.

Apr 25 - 08:27 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I saw the spoiler here on the Iron Man forum yesterday. I have to say, I'm a little disappointed with that move.

Apr 25 - 07:18 PM

Joshua Henderson

Joshua Henderson

I am glad I am not the only one who is.

Apr 26 - 06:51 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Not all of them. I find Rachel Weisz really odd and off putting in love scenes. Whenever that scene in Enemy as the Gates comes up I have to turn the channel. She just looks that uncomfortable.

Apr 25 - 07:39 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

HA-HAH the movie you thought was going to be totally sucky, sucks a little less **Nelson Muntz voice**

Apr 25 - 07:40 PM

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