Review by Lucía Santiago Dantés.
When I saw the movie I couldn’t avoid a sight and wish that Hollywood would stop criminalizing the latino community. Ever since the early days in cinema, Hollywood has portrayed mexicans and latinos in general as robbers, criminals and just people with low standards and morals. While in real life is the people who serve their lunch, clean their houses and do the jobs that they think are beneath them. It is just sad that in Pain & Gain the main characters Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) and Paul Doyle (Played by Dwayne Johnson represents the latino “Hollywood style” and to add even more disgrace to the community their marketing campaign claims it is based in a TRUE STORY. Well first of all I’m not denying it is a true story. What I am asking is where are the stories of all the good hard working people who arrived following the American Dream. I’m sure U.S. is full of those stories. But oh no! it has to be a story about a delusional guy who thinks the American Dream is to take from others what he thinks he deserve. The story is simply too crazy even for a real story. Now the character that plays Dwayne: Paul Doyle (based on Jorge Delgado) and Anthony Mackie are also too cliché, along with Tony Shalhoub character’s Victor Kershaw (based on Marc Schiller)
The story is a no brainer and it’s targeted to male young audiences as we see body builders, car chasing and a tons of violence.