New in Theaters: ‘Pain and Gain,’ ‘The Big Wedding’

Posted 8:16 AM April 26th, 2013 by Logan Falk
Pain and Gain

This weekend is looking pretty dismal in terms of new releases—if you’re looking for cheap action thrills, or a trite rom-com, you’re set for the weekend; if you’re looking for genuine quality, you will most likely be disappointed.

Coming out today is the latest from Michael Bay, Pain and Gain—a violent romp about indulgence, crime, improbably athletic thieves, and the American dream.

Unsurprisingly, critics are lukewarm toward the film: Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 47%. While some say that it’s Michael Bay’s “most thought-provoking film to date,” that unfortunately isn’t saying much—ultimately, it’s another violent action film with some snappy dialogue thrown in. However, the film is still set to earn $21-$22.5 million over the weekend, according to HSX.

Also coming out today is The Big Wedding, a romantic comedy about two divorced parents pretending to still be happily married at their son’s own wedding.

While the premise is nothing short of cinematic genius, critics have just about torpedoed the film in its reviews—it currently sits at 3% on the Tomatometer. The film, according to critics, hasn’t a funny moment to recommend it, and flops as a result. Its weekend gross is estimated at $11-$11.7 million.

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