"Pain & Gain," a ripped-from-the-headlines story of bodybuilders/criminals, and "The Big Wedding" a rom-com about a dysfunctional family forced to spend the weekend together, both hit theaters this Friday.
"Pain & Gain" stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Anthony Mackie as thuggish Miami bodybuilders who go on a burglary and kidnapping crime spree. The Michael Bay-helmed project is based on the true story of the "Sun Gym" gang, a group that extorted, tortured, and murdered wealthy targets in Florida in the '90s. The gang's ringleaders, David Lugo (Wahlberg) and Noel Doorbal (Mackie), are now on death row. The movie has garnered some negative reactions from the real-life victims and investigators involved in the case, claiming the action-comedy makes light of a very serious situation. Nevertheless, the movie is sure to be action -- and muscle -- packed. Ed Harris and Rebel Wilson also star.
If roided-out con-men aren't your thing, "The Big Wedding" also opens this weekend, and it's filled with (potential) romantic comedy gold. The cast is busting at the seams with A-listers, like Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Amanda Seyfried, just to name a few. The movie tells the story of a large, non-traditional family as they try to get along during a weekend wedding celebration. De Niro and Keaton play a divorced couple forced to pretend to be happily married when their adopted son's conservative, biological mother shows up at his wedding. We foresee awkward and hilarious hi-jinx ahead! Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, and Robin Williams round out the cast.
"The Numbers Station," "At Any Price," and "Mud" also open in limited release this Friday.
Which movie are you looking forward to?