Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain

Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and high-octane director Michael Bay (Transformers) bring this comedy about a pair of knucklehead bodybuilders in Florida, who get mixed up in a doomed extortion and kidnapping scheme. Based on a true story.

Pain & Gain marks a change of pace for Bay - the movie's budget is only $US25 million (a tiny budget relative to Transformers). The script is based on a story uncovered in a series of newspaper articles by investigative journalist Pete Collins. 

2013Rating: R18, Violence, offensive language, drug use & sex scenes129 minsUSA
ActionComedyTrue Story & Biography
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

It's telling that Michael Bay's notion of a scaled-down, pared-back movie experience is a dark, violent comedy bulging at the seams with testosterone. All of Bay's films exist in a glistening wonderland of toned bods and over-the-top action, and Pain & Gain has plenty of the former but little of the latter.

3.0

Reality Vs Fiction

Now I have to be honest, Michael Bay is not my favourite director but I went into this feature with an open mind. I should of gone in with my eyes closed. I get that it's a comedy of errors and I get the darker connotations of the story and I also get the perplexities of playing the characters in a dark comedy based on a true story, and I can live with...

2.0

Michael Bay reveals he actually has a self-conscious

Based on a bizarre true story, Pain & Gain is a perfect summation of Michael Bay's sensibility as a filmmaker. Filled with racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitic jibes and juvenile humour, Pain & Gain may well be the director's most personal work - a celebration of how low brow his awareness is as a storyteller. Working with his cheapest budget since...

3.0

Best Bay film since Bad Boys

This movie was ironic, funny and damn near depressing. Based on the true events of three body builders who try to extort a rich jewish client, end up kidnapping him and get caught up in some mayhem that ends with a double murder. Definitely not a family movie, but a good view either way.

4.0

Boys on roids

While amusing the premise is silly. 3 gym jocks guys steal their american dream as they believe they deserve it. The guys go on a roid fuelled rampage of kidnapping, toucher and a double murder

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Bay can be a master of exuberant chaos, but here the violence mostly lands with a sickening thud, which is fitting, one supposes, but also ultimately numbing.

Time Out

Time Out

press

It’s M.B. business as usual: You’ve got your jacked-up, Jerry Bruckheimer–sanctioned aesthetic that jettisons all editorial coherence.

1.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

It's like a giant sculpture that is so strange and off-putting, it's instantly, intriguingly post-modern. Swept up in the film's pile-driving self-assurance, even Bay-haters may absorb the pain to enjoy the gain.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It all leaves you pondering whether you have just seen a monumentally stupid movie or a brilliant movie about the nature and consequences of stupidity.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It makes for some stupid/slap-shtick fun of the Stooges variety.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A ham-fisted, thick-skulled comic caper.

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

flicks

It's telling that Michael Bay's notion of a scaled-down, pared-back movie experience is a dark, violent comedy bulging at the seams with testosterone. All of Bay's films exist in a glistening wonderland of toned bods and over-the-top action, and Pain & Gain has plenty of the former but little of the latter.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Bay can be a master of exuberant chaos, but here the violence mostly lands with a sickening thud, which is fitting, one supposes, but also ultimately numbing.

Time Out

Time Out

press

It’s M.B. business as usual: You’ve got your jacked-up, Jerry Bruckheimer–sanctioned aesthetic that jettisons all editorial coherence.

1.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

It's like a giant sculpture that is so strange and off-putting, it's instantly, intriguingly post-modern. Swept up in the film's pile-driving self-assurance, even Bay-haters may absorb the pain to enjoy the gain.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It all leaves you pondering whether you have just seen a monumentally stupid movie or a brilliant movie about the nature and consequences of stupidity.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It makes for some stupid/slap-shtick fun of the Stooges variety.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A ham-fisted, thick-skulled comic caper.

Reality Vs Fiction

Now I have to be honest, Michael Bay is not my favourite director but I went into this feature with an open mind. I should of gone in with my eyes closed. I get that it's a comedy of errors and I get the darker connotations of the story and I also get the perplexities of playing the characters in a dark comedy based on a true story, and I can live with...

2.0

Michael Bay reveals he actually has a self-conscious

Based on a bizarre true story, Pain & Gain is a perfect summation of Michael Bay's sensibility as a filmmaker. Filled with racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitic jibes and juvenile humour, Pain & Gain may well be the director's most personal work - a celebration of how low brow his awareness is as a storyteller. Working with his cheapest budget since...

3.0

Best Bay film since Bad Boys

This movie was ironic, funny and damn near depressing. Based on the true events of three body builders who try to extort a rich jewish client, end up kidnapping him and get caught up in some mayhem that ends with a double murder. Definitely not a family movie, but a good view either way.

4.0

Boys on roids

While amusing the premise is silly. 3 gym jocks guys steal their american dream as they believe they deserve it. The guys go on a roid fuelled rampage of kidnapping, toucher and a double murder

3.0