Pain & Gain

 (9,908)6.42 h 9 min2013X-RayR
When a group of personal trainers decide to steal the American Dream, they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Now, living large will take everything they've got in the unbelievable and outrageous true story.
Michael Bay
Mark WahlbergDwayne JohnsonAnthony Mackie
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Tony ShalhoubEd Harris
Donald De LineMichael BayIan Bryce
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious dark comedy of 3 bodybuilders kidnapping the rich to achieve the American dream
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Pain and Gain was a Michael Bay production starring Mark Wahlberg as Daniel Lugo, Dwayne Johnson as Paul Doyle, Anthony Mackie as Adrian Doorbal, Tony Shalhoub as Victor Kershaw, and Ed Harris as Ed DuBois. This was by far Bay’s most restrained release as there was none of the big explosions and gunfire that he was known for. Instead Pain and Gain was a true crime story about three body builders, Daniel, Paul and Adrian who had a twisted sense of the American Dream. They believed they worked really hard on their bodies but had nothing to show for it when they should. What they decided to do led by Lugo was to rob the rich so they could join them. They started with Kershaw who they believed was a jerk and didn’t deserve his riches. They actually believed that was how they were going to be self-made men.

The movie is actually a dark comedy. Daniel, Paul and Adrin were dummies and had no idea what they were doing. They go from one screw up to another in their schemes. For instance they go to a parking lot and surround the wrong car to carry off a kidnapping. Lugo’s plans were all the blind leading the blind. After that they only escalate things over and over. That’s what makes the movie so good. You can’t believe what these guys tried to do, many of which were very funny.
6 people found this helpful
DirtyrandYReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
In ten years it will be a cult classic
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Easily my favorite movie that mark wahlberg,or The Rock have done. Its super nutty and silly while also being about a brutal kidnapping,failed plots,failed dreams,and on some levels entitlement. But it's still somehow funny& shows how much the Rock has grown as an actor,he plays a self help,church_junkie that kept me laughing the whole time.
11 people found this helpful
santa cruz womanReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
funny in a dark way excellent
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i like ed harris enough to watch anything he is in and saw a mag review of this that mentioned him. i would have passed as i saw 1 pic with johnson about a skyscrapper and think of muchael bay as movies with fireballs. this was an unexpected surprise. so glad i rented it and am going to buy it. excellent acting by all including johnson. well directed too. funny as a black comedy. 2 basically have to wear crocs because they are too dumb to tie their shoes. the leader of the crime ring is good at finding stupid people to believe his stupid stories. only harris rings true as a detective but those criminals did exist and do their stupid crimes. could not stop watching as it unfolded. give it a try it is worth the money walburg has done some interesting pics, i think this is one of his best.
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Peggy J. SmithReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
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First of all I'd like to say I was surprised to find out that this film was based on a true story, with that said, I found this film to be entertaining, I thought it was funny, (cheesy in certain parts), Tony Shalhoub ( Victor Kershaw ) is one of the funniest actors I have ever had the pleasure of watching whether he's in the TV series Monk or some other film that has comedy. And he's a great actor in dramas as well, I literally was drinking a sprint and spat it out because of how funny he was, Anthony Mackie ( Adrian Doorbal ) who I've seen in other films. I never thought that he was as hilarious as he is, this film starts out with Daniel Lugo ( Mark Walhberg ) who is a fitness trainer and a wannabe entrepreneur and his scheme to become not only a wealthy, entrepreneur. But a somebody within the city where he resides. He gathers a team: Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie ), and Paul Doyle ( Dwayne Johnson ) to discuss the plan that he has for all of them to become wealthy and "somebody's" in the community of fitness, at first Paul needed to be persuaded to go along with the plan, after all are aboard with the plan. What comes after they've agreed, is a very entertaining film, the film held together and I didn't see any loopholes in the plot, if you're in for a good laugh check this film out.
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Watching and waitingReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Only if you're in the right mood
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The best part of this movie was watching Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have so much fun with his role. His arc went from Jesus freak to cokehead and back again, and he committed fully to every bit of lunacy along the way. Mark Wahlberg, whom I usually like, was uncharacteristically both monochromatic and unlikable in his role, presumably under Michael Bay's direction. Tony Shalhoub added vulgarity and Ed Harris sanity to the over-the-top ensemble mixture.

Cinematically the thing was a mess. Frenetic editing, oversaturated colors, grainy resolution, jarring transitions. Michael Bay apparently watched a Guy Ritchie film and thought "I can do that," but he couldn't.

The target audience for this R-rated flick is evidently 11 to 15-year-old boys, or people who are feeling in that mood. I watched it through without fast-forwarding, but I wouldn't care to see it again.
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YReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of film footage.
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LOVE the actors but this movie STINKS. Didn't even watch 1/2 of it it was so stupid. Really have to wonder what the actors were thinking making this dud movie. Tried to watch the whole thing but barely made it to the 1/2 mark when it finally was just too much to watch more. SUPER bad movie.
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Movies Are CinemaReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Hated this Film.
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While based on a true story, I found nothing to like about this film. While normally I would enjoy some outlandish characters, the two partners in crime have no redeeming qualities. Watching Dwayne Johnson acting like a woosie on steroids is pure agony. Mark Wahlberg holds his own as the scheming low life. This is another film I wish I could give ZERO stars to.
Peter HustonReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not for everybody but I enjoyed it
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Not for everybody, but I enjoyed it. Part of the question is are you able to laugh at steroided up bodybuilders --more highly motivated and pumped up on the American dream than high on brains-- as they engage in a complete bizarre, apparently true, absolutely stupid plan to get rich that involves abusing Tony Shalhoub's character? Having known the type, I really enjoyed this film, but people who do not realize people like this are real and walking among us, probably wouldn't appreciate it nearly as much.

Sadly the film has no extras or special features. I found that a real disappointment. I'd wished they could have included something comparing the film with the real story, for instance.
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