History Film / PainAndGain

31st Dec '15 6:13:58 PM DragonQuestZ
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* GirlySkirtTwirl: After Sorina goes shopping for dresses she spins around wearing one.
26th Dec '15 5:23:52 PM nombretomado
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Useful Notes/ pages are not tropes
* AmericanDream: The stated goal of Daniel, which leads him along with Paul and Adrian into a path of self-destruction. Ironically, their target Victor Kershaw actually did achieve the American Dream, as he worked harder by being a pizza boy throughout college before starting his business. Eventually, Daniel becomes as much a jerk as Victor. There was even a shout out to ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' to further the point. ** Sorina is also obsessed with the American Dream as she left her home country behind to become a movie star ([[WhereAreTheyNow "she is currently not a movie star"]]). ** While the film doesn't focus as much on Griga a ''Film/FortyEightHours'' [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pain-and-gain-the-real-life-story-behind-miamis-murderous-sun-gym-gang/ episode about the case]] showed that he was also an immigrant who achieved the American Dream.

** Lugo and his young crew's intense longing for a shortcut to the AmericanDream and dissatisfaction with their current lives, and their older victims who actually achieved the dream and were shown to be very happy with their lives.
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** Lugo and his young crew's intense longing for a shortcut to the AmericanDream UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream and dissatisfaction with their current lives, and their older victims who actually achieved the dream and were shown to be very happy with their lives.
29th Sep '15 4:47:50 PM Scoutstr295
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''Pain & Gain'' is a dark comedy based on a series of 1999 Miami New Times articles by Pete Collins about "a couple of Florida steroid-abusing knucklehead bodybuilders who become criminals involved in an extortion ring and a kidnapping plot that goes horribly awry." It stars Creator/MarkWahlberg as Daniel Lugo, Creator/DwayneJohnson as Paul Doyle, and Creator/AnthonyMackie as Adrian Doorbal, and is directed by Creator/MichaelBay.
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''Pain & Gain'' is a dark comedy based on a series of 1999 Miami ''Miami New Times Times'' articles by Pete Collins about "a couple of Florida steroid-abusing knucklehead bodybuilders who become criminals involved in an extortion ring and a kidnapping plot that goes horribly awry." It stars Creator/MarkWahlberg as Daniel Lugo, Creator/DwayneJohnson as Paul Doyle, and Creator/AnthonyMackie as Adrian Doorbal, and is directed by Creator/MichaelBay.
16th Sep '15 1:39:36 PM Kishoto
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Paul: "'''F'''ailure '''E'''xpected '''A'''nd '''R'''eceived"? [[note]]might be incorrect[[/note]] \\
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Paul: "'''F'''ailure '''E'''xpected '''A'''nd '''R'''eceived"? "'''F'''alse '''E'''vidence '''A'''ppearing '''R'''eal"? [[note]]might be incorrect[[/note]] \\
5th Jul '15 1:25:23 AM Lanthorn
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* AccidentalMisnaming: Victor keeps calling Danny things like "Denny Lupo" while working out at the Sun Gym.

* ApatheticCitizens: The citizens of Miami apparently aren't fazed by the Sun Gym crew's antics: No one, not even Victor, thinks the crew's second kidnapping attempt with costumes and a giant van is worth a second glance; no one seems to notice Danny violently beating a suitcase to death after his first attempt to use Victor's "contracts" fails; the clerk at Home Depot isn't terribly bothered by the "fur" [[spoiler: Griga's girlfriend's hair (and blood)]] clogging up the chainsaw Lugo and Doorbal try to return.
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* ApatheticCitizens: The citizens of Miami apparently aren't fazed by the Sun Gym crew's gang's antics: No one, not even Victor, thinks the crew's second kidnapping attempt with costumes and a giant van is worth a second glance; no one none of the people walking around Danny seems to notice Danny him violently beating a suitcase to death after his first attempt to use Victor's "contracts" fails; the clerk at Home Depot isn't terribly bothered by the "fur" [[spoiler: Griga's girlfriend's hair (and blood)]] clogging up the chainsaw Lugo and Doorbal try to return.

* MaliciousMisnaming: While it's unknown if it was intentional, Lugo probably didn't appreciate Victor renaming him things like "Denny Lupo".
29th Jun '15 1:07:42 PM Morgenthaler
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** While the film doesn't focus as much on Griga a ''FortyEightHours'' [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pain-and-gain-the-real-life-story-behind-miamis-murderous-sun-gym-gang/ episode about the case]] showed that he was also an immigrant who achieved the American Dream.
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** While the film doesn't focus as much on Griga a ''FortyEightHours'' ''Film/FortyEightHours'' [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pain-and-gain-the-real-life-story-behind-miamis-murderous-sun-gym-gang/ episode about the case]] showed that he was also an immigrant who achieved the American Dream.
29th Jun '15 7:23:03 AM MikaHaeli8
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* NauseaFuel: Doorbal is a source of this: he tells Paul that he should try human breast milk and says drinking it "from the source" is "the ''best''"; he's shown (failing at) masturbating and getting painful injections to his penis (neither are explicitly shown); he also suggests that they could [[spoiler: remove Mrs. Griga's breast implants and sell them, which would have actually been a good idea since the serial numbers (which he was unaware of) later helped ID her body]] -- the other two were either too shocked or too busy to go through with it. ** Probably more uncomfortable than "nauseous", his sex scene with the fat nurse is definitely awkward, as was her later revelation that [[spoiler: he finger-banged his lawyer]]. ** Paul [[spoiler: giving his bloody severed toe to the Griga's chihuahua]] probably counts. ** Danny offers free waxing for new clients and we see one homely woman who definitely needs it.
29th Jun '15 1:10:46 AM Lanthorn
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* AgonyOfTheFeet: [[spoiler: Paul's big toe is shot off by the cops as he's fleeing after mugging a bank guard; he later gives the toe to the Grigas' dog.]] ** OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: [[spoiler: The toe is still dripping blood however long it was between it getting shot off and Paul giving it to the dog, plus the next morning when it's found by the Grigas' maid.]]
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** The Sun Gym itself is given an upgrade; the photo in the end credits definitely does not look like the sparkling white building in the film. * AgonyOfTheFeet: [[spoiler: Paul's big toe is shot off by the cops as he's fleeing after mugging a bank guard; he later gives the toe to the Grigas' Griga's dog.]] ** OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: [[spoiler: The toe is still dripping blood however long it was between it getting shot off and Paul giving it to the dog, plus the next morning when it's found by the Grigas' Griga's maid.]]

* ApatheticCitizens: The citizens of Miami apparently aren't fazed by the Sun Gym crew's antics: No one, not even Victor, thinks the crew's second kidnapping attempt with costumes and a giant van is worth a second glance; no one seems to notice Danny violently beating a suitcase to death after his first attempt to use Victor's "contracts" fails; the clerk at Home Depot isn't terribly bothered by the "fur" [[spoiler: Mrs. Griga's hair (and blood)]] clogging up the chainsaw Lugo and Doorbal try to return.
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* ApatheticCitizens: The citizens of Miami apparently aren't fazed by the Sun Gym crew's antics: No one, not even Victor, thinks the crew's second kidnapping attempt with costumes and a giant van is worth a second glance; no one seems to notice Danny violently beating a suitcase to death after his first attempt to use Victor's "contracts" fails; the clerk at Home Depot isn't terribly bothered by the "fur" [[spoiler: Mrs. Griga's girlfriend's hair (and blood)]] clogging up the chainsaw Lugo and Doorbal try to return.

* ApatheticCitizens: The citizens ** IronButtMonkey / MadeOfIron: Parodied: Kershaw is essentially immortal -- he takes a truly staggering amount of Miami apparently aren't fazed by punishment as the Sun Gym crew's antics: No one, not even Victor, thinks the crew's second kidnapping attempt with costumes and a giant van is worth a second glance; no one seems main trio tries to notice Danny violently beating a suitcase to death after his first attempt to use Victor's "contracts" fails; the clerk at Home Depot isn't terribly bothered by the "fur" [[spoiler: Mrs. Griga's hair (and blood)]] clogging up the chainsaw Lugo and Doorbal try to return.off him, but ''survives'' every turn.

* DisproportionateRetribution: Griga is chosen for kidnapping after ''one'' bad interaction with Paul at the strip club that happened at least a few months before Paul fell off the wagon.
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Griga is chosen for kidnapping after ''one'' bad interaction with Paul at the strip club that happened at least a few months before Paul fell off the wagon.''months'' ago.

** The attempted kidnapping of the Grigas [[spoiler: they died before they could give the crew any useful information, the crew's sloppiness at hiding the crime got them all caught, and the police got a new way to identify murder victims after using the serial numbers on Mrs. Griga's breast implants to ID her body]].
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** The attempted kidnapping of the Grigas Griga and his girlfriend [[spoiler: they died before they could give the crew any useful information, the crew's sloppiness at hiding the crime got them all caught, and the police got a new way to identify murder victims after using the serial numbers on Mrs. Griga's girlfriend's breast implants to ID her body]].body]]. * GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: The actual crushing of Griga's head is hidden, as is the removal of their hands.]]

** Strip club visits aside Griga appears to be quite happy with his wife and proud of her skills as a phone sex operator.
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** Strip club visits aside While not married Griga appears to be quite happy with his wife girlfriend and very proud of her skills as a phone sex operator.

* IAmNotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Shows up [[RuleOfThree three times]]: "Unfortunately, this is a true story" in the opening narration, a "this is still a true story" subtitle when [[spoiler: Paul is barbequing the Grigas' hands]], and "sometimes truth is stranger than fiction" in the closing narration.
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* IAmNotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Shows up [[RuleOfThree three times]]: "Unfortunately, this is a true story" in the opening narration, a "this is still a true story" subtitle when [[spoiler: Paul is barbequing the Grigas' second victims' hands]], and "sometimes truth is stranger than fiction" in the closing narration.

* IronButtMonkey: Kershaw is essentially immortal.

* MadeOfIron: Parodied with Kershaw. Who takes a truly staggering amount of punishment as the main trio tries to off him, but ''survives'' every turn.

* MsFanservice: Sorina, who is the female character that gets prominently displayed the most in the entire movie.
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* MsFanservice: Sorina, who is the female character that gets prominently displayed the most in the entire movie. Griga's girlfriend isn't half bad-looking either [[spoiler: and as said above her enhancements wind up helping her after she's killed]]. * NauseaFuel: Doorbal is a source of this: he tells Paul that he should try human breast milk and says drinking it "from the source" is "the ''best''"; he's shown (failing at) masturbating and getting painful injections to his penis (neither are explicitly shown); he also suggests that they could [[spoiler: remove Mrs. Griga's breast implants and sell them, which would have actually been a good idea since the serial numbers (which he was unaware of) later helped ID her body]] -- the other two were either too shocked or too busy to go through with it. ** Probably more uncomfortable than "nauseous", his sex scene with the fat nurse is definitely awkward, as was her later revelation that [[spoiler: he finger-banged his lawyer]]. ** Paul [[spoiler: giving his bloody severed toe to the Griga's chihuahua]] probably counts. ** Danny offers free waxing for new clients and we see one homely woman who definitely needs it.

* PoliceAreUseless: The Miami police write Kershaw's story off as "delusional alcoholism" and don't do anything about it. Even after Ed Du Bois presents a lot of evidence to them, they don't take any action because they're afraid it would make them look bad for ignoring Kershaw before (there is also a throwaway line about them believing Kershaw has ties with a Colombian drug cartel, meaning they didn't want to look like they were handling his dirty work). [[spoiler:It isn't until after the Sun Gym gang claims 2 more victims that the police try to arrest them. Then averted when they finally take action, as they're able to apprehend the gang in short order without a lot of trouble.]]
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* PetTheDog: Literally: Adrian, as far as we're shown, and his wife are good owners to Victor's racing greyhound and are upset when it goes missing after [[spoiler: the second victims are murdered (it ran all the way back to it's "home" racetrack with the Doorbals' address on its collar)]]. * PoliceAreUseless: The Miami police write Kershaw's story off as "delusional alcoholism" and don't do anything about it. Even after Ed Du Bois presents a lot of evidence to them, they don't take any action because they're afraid it would make them look bad for ignoring Kershaw before (there is also a throwaway line about them believing Kershaw has ties with a Colombian drug cartel, meaning they didn't want to look like they were handling his dirty work). [[spoiler:It isn't until after the Sun Gym gang claims 2 two more victims that the police try to arrest them. Then averted when they finally take action, as they're able to apprehend the gang in short order without a lot of trouble.]]

** There's also the bit with Paul barbecuing the severed hands, which got a NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer.
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** There's also the bit with [[spoiler: Paul barbecuing the severed hands, hands]], which got a NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer.

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** There's also the bit with * ShockinglyExpensiveBill: Paul barbecuing the severed hands, which got a NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer.and Sorina's bill for their hotel room is $40,000 and that's not even getting into Paul's cocaine habit and Sorina's shopping.
28th Jun '15 11:54:48 PM Lanthorn
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* ApatheticBystanders: While not quite a bystander the clerk at Home Depot isn't terribly bothered by the "fur" [[spoiler: Mrs. Griga's hair (and blood)]] clogging up the chainsaw Lugo and Doorbal try to return.
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* ApatheticBystanders: While ApatheticCitizens: The citizens of Miami apparently aren't fazed by the Sun Gym crew's antics: No one, not quite even Victor, thinks the crew's second kidnapping attempt with costumes and a bystander giant van is worth a second glance; no one seems to notice Danny violently beating a suitcase to death after his first attempt to use Victor's "contracts" fails; the clerk at Home Depot isn't terribly bothered by the "fur" [[spoiler: Mrs. Griga's hair (and blood)]] clogging up the chainsaw Lugo and Doorbal try to return.
28th Jun '15 11:48:33 PM Lanthorn
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** {{Greed}}: The other one. Lugo doesn't just want Victor's stuff, he wants to Victor to "''not have it''". He even steals [[spoiler: the contents of Victor's safety deposit box ''after'' declaring his disappointment that it was just old photos and a pair of bronzed baby shoes]].

* ApatheticBystanders: While not quite a bystander the clerk at Home Depot isn't terribly bothered by the "fur" [[spoiler: Mrs. Griga's hair (and blood)]] clogging up the chainsaw Lugo and Doorbal try to return.

* BavarianFireDrill: The majority of the plot hinges on Daniel selling the plan with so much confidence that the utter stupidity of it all wizzes past their heads.
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* BavarianFireDrill: The majority of the plot hinges on Daniel selling the plan with so much confidence that the utter stupidity of it all wizzes whizzes past their heads.

* BavarianFireDrill: The majority CoolBoat: Victor's cigarette boat [[spoiler: which Danny steals to get to Victor's off-shore bank in the Bahamas]], which is one of the plot hinges on Daniel selling the plan with so much confidence that the utter stupidity of it all wizzes past their heads.things he misses most.

* BavarianFireDrill: The majority of the plot hinges on Daniel selling the plan with so much confidence that the utter stupidity of it all wizzes past their heads.FunWithAcronyms: -->Danny: Do you know what fear is?\\ Paul: "'''F'''ailure '''E'''xpected '''A'''nd '''R'''eceived"? [[note]]might be incorrect[[/note]] \\ Danny: You know Johnny Wu?!\\ Paul: That's from Alcoholics Anonymous!

** Adrian is shown marveling at a pair of fancy electric dildos.
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** Adrian is shown marveling at a pair of fancy electric dildos.dildos ("There's some complex engineering in these things").

* GoneHorriblyWrong: The attempted kidnapping of the Grigas [[spoiler: they died before they could give the crew any useful information, the crew's sloppiness at hiding the crime got them all caught, and the police got a new way to identify murder victims after using the serial numbers on Mrs. Griga's breast implants to ID her body]].
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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Paul's attempt to steal money from a bank guard which [[spoiler: gets him splattered with green security dye, chased and shot at by cops who take off his big toe]] leads to... ** The attempted kidnapping of the Grigas [[spoiler: they died before they could give the crew any useful information, the crew's sloppiness at hiding the crime got them all caught, and the police got a new way to identify murder victims after using the serial numbers on Mrs. Griga's breast implants to ID her body]].

* GoneHorriblyWrong: The attempted kidnapping of the Grigas [[spoiler: they died before they could give the crew any useful information, the crew's sloppiness at hiding the crime got them all caught, ** Strip club visits aside Griga appears to be quite happy with his wife and the police got a new way to identify murder victims after using the serial numbers on Mrs. Griga's breast implants to ID proud of her body]].skills as a phone sex operator.

* IAmNotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Shows up [[RuleOfThree three times]]: "Sadly, this is based on a true story" in the opening narration, a "this is still a true story" subtitle when [[spoiler: Paul is barbequing the Grigas' hands]], and "sometimes truth is stranger than fiction" in the closing narration.
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* IAmNotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Shows up [[RuleOfThree three times]]: "Sadly, "Unfortunately, this is based on a true story" in the opening narration, a "this is still a true story" subtitle when [[spoiler: Paul is barbequing the Grigas' hands]], and "sometimes truth is stranger than fiction" in the closing narration.

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* IAmNotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Shows up [[RuleOfThree three times]]: "Sadly, this is based on a true story" in the opening narration, a "this is still a true story" subtitle ** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Victor sounds sincerely worried when he's telling his wife to get their son and leave; Lugo is disappointed to discover [[spoiler: Paul Victor's top-secret off-shore safety deposit box is barbequing only filled with old family photos (possibly the Grigas' hands]], only things left of his father's life in Germany) and "sometimes truth is stranger than fiction" in the closing narration.a pair of bronzed baby shoes. He takes it anyway]].

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* IAmNotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Shows up [[RuleOfThree three times]]: "Sadly, this is based ** Variation: Paul gains the gun shop clerk's trust by claiming they're security for a band whose name he sees on a true story" in the opening narration, sticker on a "this is still a true story" subtitle when [[spoiler: Paul is barbequing the Grigas' hands]], and "sometimes truth is stranger than fiction" in the closing narration.register.
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