From left, Dwayne Johnson, Tony Shalhoub and Mark Wahlberg go over the top in the caper comedy on steroids, 'Pain & Gain.'
Once you've destroyed Pearl Harbor and let robots rampage across the Earth a few times, your whole idea of a buddy picture has got to be warped. Elephantiasis sets in, even on a caper comedy with daft characters and silly situations.
Michael Bay's post-"Transformers" action comedy "Pain & Gain" is so afflicted. It's a buddy comedy with three, not two, "buddies." And every time you turn around, some minor supporting role is overloaded with big-name talent. That line "no expense was spared" comes to mind, and not in a good way, as scenes and sequences are a tad overwhelmed.
So what could have been a ...