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Battle of the flicks: Pain & Gain vs. The Big Wedding


A violent black comedy goes up against a sex farce this weekend at the box office. While both provide plenty of laughs, which one should you see? Tough call!

Pain and Gain

Pain & Gain

Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson play juiced up muscle heads in this very dark comedy based on a true story that involves a double homicide.

These three dopey yet buff men organize the world’s most foolish kidnapping and nearly get away with it despite their severe lack of good judgment.

The laughs are solid through this film as the body builders make one ridiculous mistake after another. The tone and violence can be tricky however, think The Three Stooges meets 60 Minutes.

Take a look at what some other gals thought:

Barbara VanDenburgh of the Arizona Republic said, “There’s a certain kinetic charm to the first half of the movie, a freewheeling silliness to these outsized characters that makes you curious to see just how wrong things will go.”

Claudia Puig of USA Today said, “A badly constructed, blood-spattered caper that comes unglued early on.”

Ciara LaVelle of The Village Voice said, “When the story runs off the rails and crashes headfirst into a too-perfect ending, it’s because [director] Bay was led astray by the same things that got the Sun Gym Gang into this mess in the first place: superficiality, ambition, and the belief that reality just isn’t good enough.”

You can read my full review here: 

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The Big Wedding

The Big Wedding

This multigenerational romantic comedy is full of bed hopping and embarrassing scenarios that provide numerous laughs. Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton make for one hilarious love triangle.

Meanwhile, Robin Williams as a priest creates possibly the funniest confessional ever seen in a movie.

Though there isn’t anything terribly new in this film, it is laugh-out-loud funny. Not all the critics agree, however.

Here’s what some other ladies thought:

Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times said, “Nobody in this story behaves in a believable way — which might be acceptable if they were funny, but they’re not.”

Betsy Sharkey of The Los Angeles Times said, “To be fair, there are moments that earn their laughs and nostalgic memories for the marriage that was and the relationship that is that are sweet. But like many big weddings — a lot of things go wrong and not much goes right.”

Claudia Puig of USA Today said, “It might take a glass of champagne or two to get through The Big Wedding.”

But you can always read my full review:

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Movie of the week

The Big Wedding

The SheKnows movie winner of the week is The Big Wedding for its big laughs and dysfunctional shenanigans.

Photo credit: Pain & Gain courtesy of Paramount, The Big Wedding courtesy of Lionsgate

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