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Idiot’s Delight

The ‘American dream’ survives an armed assault.

May 13, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 33 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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Pain & Gain is unspeakable. What Bay has done, in his distasteful version of a “small and personal” film, is expose his true passion: for the cheap and pathetic rationalizations he and others use to excuse their contribution to the coarsening of the country whose “American dream” he attacks so facilely—even as he, the man with the $125 million paycheck, is living it every second of every day.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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