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
92%
want to see

Reviews & comments

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.

0
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
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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.

0
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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A ham-fisted, thick-skulled comic caper.

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
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
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
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
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.

0
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
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.

0
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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A ham-fisted, thick-skulled comic caper.

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
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
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
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
0