Did Michael Bay Make a Good Movie?

Slate's Culture Blog
Dec. 19 2012 3:53 PM

Did Michael Bay Make a Good Movie?

I confess I am not familiar with Michael Bay's complete oeuvre. In fact, since he's spent the last five years focusing his directorial energies entirely on the Transformers franchise, I have pretty much stopped following his work entirely.

But his next film, Pain & Gain, looks like it might be... good? Or, at the very least, pretty funny? Mark Wahlberg plays Daniel Lugo, a kidnapping bodybuilder whose dubious exploits were chronicled a little over a decade ago by the journalist Peter Collins. Wahlberg is surrounded by other terrific actors, including Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, and Anthony Mackie. The Rock is also in this movie.

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It comes out in April.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.