'Pain & Gain' -- 1 1/2 stars

<b>R; 2:09 running time</b><Br><br>This could've been a great black comedy. The script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely throws in every severed digit, smashed skull and snorted line of cocaine the writers were required to leave out of their "Chronicles of Narnia" screenplays. "Pain & Gain" derives from a three-part 1999-2000 Miami New Times series of nonfiction articles by Pete Collins. In 1994, Lugo and his hapless colleagues targeted a Sun Gym client for kidnapping and extortion. He was tortured, then crushed by a vehicle and left for dead. But he didn't die. Others did, later, but not him. -- Michael Phillips<br><br><a href=www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-0425-lincoln-park-birds-museum-20130425,0,3141049.column>Read the full "Pain & Gain" movie review</a>

( April 23, 2013 )

R; 2:09 running time

This could've been a great black comedy. The script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely throws in every severed digit, smashed skull and snorted line of cocaine the writers were required to leave out of their "Chronicles of Narnia" screenplays. "Pain & Gain" derives from a three-part 1999-2000 Miami New Times series of nonfiction articles by Pete Collins. In 1994, Lugo and his hapless colleagues targeted a Sun Gym client for kidnapping and extortion. He was tortured, then crushed by a vehicle and left for dead. But he didn't die. Others did, later, but not him. -- Michael Phillips

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