Reality TV is popular because it can’t be predicted, except, perhaps, by the writers. Films based on real people in unreal situations always have that “can you believe this is happening” feeling. Some seem to laugh right along with you at the idiocy of the characters.
“Pain and Gain” is one of those films that makes fun of itself by just letting the action flow as it did originally. The sheer bravado and confidence of these muscleheads is funny and sad at the same time. Mark Wahlberg plays Daniel Lugo, a bodybuilder who’s no stranger to steroids. He has enough vision to realize he wants to improve his life, but he’s not smart enough to see the error in his ways. For instance, he says he knows all about kidnapping people because he’s seen a lot of movies. However, most movies about kidnapping are about unsuccessful kidnappings-not successful endeavors.