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The unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.
Action Comedy (Dark) - This dark action comedy based on a true story should please fans of
stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie as it gives
them a not too common chance to show off their comedic sides, albeit
in a violent and profane context. Constant language, violence, drug
use, sexual content, and generally adult subject matter makes this
one definitely not for children.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; over 30 S-words; 2 GD's; many others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Fights and bloody killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, steroids, and cocaine. ACTION: Chases and fights. COMEDY: Darkly comic lines and situations; sex humor; drug humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Pain & Gain not only represents one of the best movies Bay has made... but one of the standouts of the first four anemic months of 2013.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average As ambitious and vibrant as it is ugly and scattershot, "Pain & Gain" is the most charming Michael Bay movie in a long while.
USA TodayFull Review Average 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.
NY PostFull Review Very Good A Michael Bay film, in other words, is much the opposite of the new Michael Bay film, "Pain & Gain," a dizzying lowlife saga that's fast, smart, wicked, sort of ambitious and blazingly ironic
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 57 moviegoers:
WOW! I can't believe I'm seeing such bad reviews for a movie with such star power. I guess the first tip that it may not be very good is that the critics mostly rated it very high. This is certainly one of those rare times when critics loved the movie and moviegoers, for the most part, didn't.
TEENS:Of the eight males, only one loved it. Four rated it average, which is low coming from teen males, for this type of movie. And, unbelievably, three hated "Pain and Gain." The three females enjoyed it quite a bit more. One loved it and two rated it above average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:These are very poor reviews from both the males and females.
ADULTS:Very mixed reviews. A small percentage rated it very high but with so many reviews of "Terrible," it's probably not worth taking a chance that you will be one of the small percentage who enjoy it.