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Pain & Gain

Mature 18+ | 35% Say It's Worth Your Time

Danny Lupo (Mark Wahlberg), manager of the Sun Gym in 1990s Miami, decides that there is only one way to achieve his version of the American dream: extortion. To achieve his goal, he recruits musclemen Paul (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian (Anthony Mackie) as accomplices. After several failed attempts, they abduct rich businessman Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) and convince him to sign over all his assets to them. But when Kershaw makes it out alive, authorities are reluctant to believe his story.

Runtime: 2 hr 9 min

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Rated R Crude Sexual Content|Bloody Violence|Drug Use|Language Throughout|Nudity

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  • Dave (Male)

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    When I saw a picture of the movie sometime last year, I immediately began to laugh because I thought it was a comedy like Anchorman or some thing in between that. Then a friend told me about the back-story of the movie and also shared the link. I was hooked from the first page. The story is so ridiculous and wild that it seemed fake. After reading the 40+ page article from the Miami New Times by Pete Collins, Pain & Gain was the movie I was most excited for in 2013. People always say "The book is better" and unfortunately the same thing applies to this movie. Michael Bay literally could of left the story exactly how it was and would of made an incredible movie. There was really no need to change facts. Even with all the changes he made I still had a fun time watching this movie.

    Michael Bay makes his first rated R movie since Bad Boy 2 and does a pretty great job on it. The movie starts of with a frustrated Daniel Lugo(Mark Wahlberg) telling his version of the American Dream. Tired of being on the bottom of the food chain he decides to become a “Do-er” and quits being a “Don’t-er”. He smooth talks his caper idea to his friend and work out buddy Adrian(Anthony Mackie). Adrian and Daniel then recruit ex con muscle head Paul(Dwayne Johnson). Then begins the real story 3 idiots trying to get rich. After all the women, drugs, roids, protein shakes and pumped iron they finally go through with the plan. Then after many failed attempts they finally kidnap Victor Kershaw(Tony Shalhoub) a rich business man who deserves what’s coming to him, according to Daniel. As fast as this dumb idea came about, things fell apart even faster. What Bay does well is that he perfectly takes you on this journey from bad to worse to just plain foolish. He constantly reminds you that the events are true. Even though he changed quite a bit of details of the story for entertainment purposes, I loved that Bay kept the craziness of what actually happened in real life in the movie. He doesn’t sugar coat it either. Bay does an excellent job showing how dumb these men are and in no way glorifies them. The Rock, the People’s Champ I grew up watching in the squared circle plays an innocent yet violent beast of a man. And at one point in the movie we smell what the Rock is cooking. No joke! Mark Wahlberg puts on a show as a sweet-talking, money hungry, body building schemer. The change you see in his character going from point A to point Z is just awesome! Mackie does a great job too. He’s very funny and has a few quotable one-liners.

    Is this the best movie in the world? No, it’s a Dark Comedy/Action film. Don’t go into it expecting to see a life-changing movie. Go watch it and be wildly entertained! This movie will make you laugh because of how stupid all the criminals are. It will make you cringe because of the violence. It is very vulgar and shows women topless a few times. I wouldn’t bring my kids to this either. If you love action movies and want to witness an outrageously ridiculous story, go see Pain & Gain! It was worth it.

    April 24th, 2013 · Details
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  • NellMinow (Female) Movie Mom

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    Bay is less successful in tying all of this to larger themes worthy of its more than two-hour running time. It feels like a very personal story about his own struggles with ambition and dignity, but a struggle he still does not understand well enough to convey in more than superficial terms. Like its main characters, it has a lot of muscle but not much upstairs... See Full Review

    April 25th, 2013 · Details
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  • RogerMoore (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    It’s just too much — too much graphic violence, too many plot wrinkles, too much stupidity, too many supporting players to track (Did I mention Rob Corddry is the gym boss?).
    For a movie as physically fit as this one wants to be, “Pain & Gain” is carrying way too much extra weight... See Full Review

    April 25th, 2013 · Details
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  • Clearplay

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Pain & Gain is well made, but its content may alienate ClearPlay users. The movie attempts to make a black comedy out of some tragic circumstances. The problem is, there isn’t a counterbalance to the negativity. The movie is populated by damaged people. In weightlifting terms, after ClearPlay the characters are cleaner, but they’re still jerks... See Full Review

    September 11th, 2013 · Details
  • Gumpee (Male)

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I wanted to see this movie because it looked like it would be really good and funny. But its not. Its an interesting story and all but its not one that is worth the time to see. I rented it from the redbox. It has a lot of swearing and blood and violence. Also has some sexual parts due to the fact that they are in the strip joint a lot. There is no nudity, but there are some scenes that could have been left out. I really like Mark Wahlberg and also the Rock but this was not their best films. They did a good job playing their characters from the 90's though. Not one that I would be adding to my collection.

    August 30th, 2013 · Details
  • ninerneale (Male)

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    Although this is an overly graphic movie and jumps around a bit it is still entertaining and when you realize it truly is based on a real life series of events it just blows your mind that people really do these things. Still I would recommend this movie to adult friends because it is funny and crazy.

    August 28th, 2013 · Details
  • shewell (Female)

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    Like seeing these true story movies but hate that Hollywood kills the real story when you research the real story. This was overall a good movie, great cast, no other way to put this worth watching at least once but not an owner.

    July 1st, 2013 · Details
  • cindyshaaouni (Female)

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    Sounds good.

    June 6th, 2013 · Details
  • cinderella (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Horrid movie. Ready to walk out after 20 minutes, but decided to wait for it to get better. It didn't. Love Dwayne Johnson but he picked a loser this time.

    May 20th, 2013 · Details
  • moviechick17 (Female)

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I am very upset about this movie. I was super excited to see it, but the movie was horrible. I love Mark Wahlberg and I love a great Mark Wahlberg movie. This is not one of Michael Bays best films. Anthony Mackie really made me feel very uncomfortable. I like the plot for the movie but if they changed the script and got a new director...the movie would be better. This movie is painful and it is not ok!

    May 10th, 2013 · Details
  • DoveFoundation Dove Foundation

    Not ok | Not Worth Your Time

    I have rarely been as offended by the content of a film as I was with this one. The title should be "All Pain and No Gain" because that's what I felt 15 minutes into the film when I walked out of the theater. The beginning of this movie contained more sex, language and drug use than most of the R-rated films I have ever seen... See Full Review

    May 2nd, 2013 · Details
  • MovieGuide

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    PAIN & GAIN is a shockingly vile comic telling of a true story of Miami body builders who decide to get rich by kidnapping wealthy people. PAIN & GAIN is a depraved movie heavily laced with abundant obscenities, graphic violence, sexual references, nudity, drugs, and alcohol, all played for laughs... See Full Review

    May 2nd, 2013 · Details
  • JohnMulderig (Male) Catholic News Service

    Not ok | Not Worth Your Time

    The fact-based crime chronicle "Pain and Gain" (Paramount) presents itself as a merry riff on the theme of a gang too comically inept to shoot straight. Yet the vicious antics of its central characters -- acted out within a lowlife milieu of strippers and porn pushers -- are too repellant to be amusing... See Full Review

    May 2nd, 2013 · Details
  • MichaelMedved (Male) Michael Medved Show

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    The supposed entertainment value involves in an attempt to make us laugh at this collection of pumped up, lug headed despicable freaks, where two of them in real life are actually on death row... See Full Review

    May 2nd, 2013 · Details
  • ClaudiaPuig (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    This true story of Miami mayhem is muddled, grisly and misogynistic as clumsily directed by Michael Bay, despite a strong lead performance by Dwayne Johnson and good casting... See Full Review

    May 2nd, 2013 · Details

Okfor ages12+