Pain & Gain


Pain & Gain

Critics Consensus

It may be his most thought-provoking film to date, but Michael Bay's Pain & Gain ultimately loses its satirical edge in a stylized flurry of violent spectacle.



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From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes "Pain and Gain," a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on 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. (c) Official Site

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Mark Wahlberg
as Daniel Lugo
Anthony Mackie
as Adrian Doorbal
Ed Harris
as Ed Dubois
Rob Corddry
as John Mese
Bar Paly
as Sorina Luminita
Dwayne Johnson
as Paul Doyle
Tony Shalhoub
as Victor Kershaw
as Tasty Reuben
Ken Jeong
as Jonny Wu
Rebel Wilson
as Robin Peck
Michael Rispoli
as Frank Griga
Keili Lefkowitz
as Krisztina Furton
Emily Rutherfurd
as Carolyn "Cissy" Dubois
Larry Hankin
as Pastor Randy
Tony Plana
as Captain Lopez
Peter Stormare
as Dr. Bjornson
Vivi Pineda
as Detective Hayworth
Ken Clement
as Detective Costello
Brian Stepanek
as Brad MacCalister
Christopher Langstaff
as Nine Year Old Boy
Parris Buckner
as Bank Manager
Nicholas Parsons
as Motel Clerk
Donny Davis
as Motel Security
Jeff Owings
as Kennel Worker
Rushanna Lewis
as Accounts Manager
Richard Haylor
as Branch Manager
Trudie Petersen
as Prosecutor
Patrick Bristow
as Spy Shop Clerk
Mike Tremont
as Naive Conventioneer
Holland Hayes
as Sears Mower Salesperson
Kiki Harris
as Home Depot Clerk
Choice Gray
as Tiffany
Chez Mena
as Real Doctor
Carol Kaye
as Realtor
Tyrone Borden Sr.
as Choir Prisoner
Lawrence Scott
as Choir Prisoner
Mike Benitez
as Patient "Moaner"
Oliver Jay
as Bouncer
Nikki Benz
as Dancer
Irina Kazakova
as Contortionist
William J. Erfurth
as Miami-Dade Officer
Rey Hernandez
as Police Officer
Charlie Johnson Jr.
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Pain & Gain

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (46)

  • Pain & Gain weighs about 700 pounds when it ought to weigh 2.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Michael Bay's muscle-bound satire is Bad Boys on 'roids. And that's not a good thing.

    Aug 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/5
  • There's something inspired about putting Michael Bay in charge of a brazen action-comedy about gym-pumped knuckleheads who screw up their own criminal masterplan most royally.

    Aug 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The first hour may be Bay's career high point: it's fast, freaky, gloriously tasteless and startlingly pointed in its attacks on western insecurity, shallowness and greed.

    Aug 27, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In between scenes of the muscleheads torturing their victim, Bay indulges his taste for treating women as sluts and grisly brutality as a nifty excuse for a cheap laugh.

    May 2, 2013 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Now [Bay] hits new levels of both artistry and sleaziness in the black comedy Pain & Gain, which I strongly recommend if you don't overvalue taste, subtlety, and moral decency. I liked it.

    Apr 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pain & Gain

  • Jan 11, 2017
    Buenas actuaciones, divertida pero totalmente violenta y sin buena dirección. Michael Bay nuevamente lo hace bien entreteniendo pero hace un mal trabajo dirigiendo a actores muy talentosos. Eso si la película es entretenida y divertida. Simplemente palomera.
    Fernando M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2015
    In "Pain & Gain," Daniel Lugo(Mark Wahlberg) is an ambitious athletic trainer in Miami. Even though he has moved over to another gym with a better salary and job, it is not coming quickly enough for him. So, he hatches a scheme with fellow gym rats Paul Doyle(Dwayne Johnson) who just got out of jail and Adrian Doorbal(Anthony Mackie) who is having a bit of shrinkage due to his steroid use to kidnap and rob successful entrepreneur Victor Kershaw(Tony Shalhoub). To quote the classic television series, "Homicide: Life on the Street," there is no such thing as a criminal mastermind. Which would be something to keep in mind while watching Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" which is sadly much more interested in slapstick than in exploring the dark side of the American dream in this sort of true story. So, while there can be humor found in incompetence and incontinence, the same really cannot be said for torture. At least a very good cast that also includes Rebel Wilson and Ed Harris picks up some of the slack playing to their respective strengths, even if it's not quite enough.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2014
    Michael Bay just can't make a complete film, he shows promise at first with this non-robot black comedy based on true events. He gets great performances from Mackie, Johnson and Shaloub but allows Wahlberg to dial it in and the film suffers. Too violent to be comedy and too scattered to be a thriller. What Could of been! 10-12-2014
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2014
    For the first time ever, against all possible eartlhy odds, Michael Bay develops a story. For the first time ever, he directs a film fueled not by action, but by the style. Now that is still shit, but I'll let the 2.5 stars missing talk by themselves and focus only on the good aspects without trying to sound overtly optimistic. I reiterate, this is the first movie that develops a story and applies more focus on the characters. Now, the most ridiculously cool thing about the plot is that it is based on a true story, but something that goes beyond belief is how Michael Bay took this story and saw it as a potential opportunity to treat grim and repulsive subject matter comically, laugh at the extremist perceptions of the American dream causing unbelievably idiotic criminal schemes, and also call the criminals involved in real life "assholes". He's just calling them assholes every time he has the chance. He does all of this while, simultaneously, uses a questionable, restless, Scorsese-like dynamism with juvenile, gross-out behavior, insisting that this is a true story <b>three times</b> during the whole running time because we are dumb shits that find things in movies difficult to believe. Unless, of course, that we are reminded like little children that this is a true story. No suspension of disbelief is required in this bizarre project of styles amalgamation (I love using that word), because the events depicted were only dramatized, but not exaggerated. For some weird reason, I love that, and Bay, towards the end, summarizes that feeling with a funny note: <i>"They say truth is stranger than fiction, and no one teIIs the truth Iike a pissed-off wife."</i>. Of course I dislike this. The excitement of Bay to show to the world that he was capable of actually directing a story (*double checks that I am, indeed, writing something so unbelievable*), and not just action with people and plots as fillers, increased exponentially, resulting in an unstable concoction of styles, humor approaches, ironic remarks, violence, drugs, social commentaries, <b>mockery towards real-life criminals like if he was a moral juror</b>, a bodybuilder facade of Christianism, bodybuilding in general, and perspectives on sexuality, sex, and porn industry artifacts. Still, it was entertaining, it is the third best film in his entire "filmography", and I wouldn't mind to actually PAY to see another of his testosterone-driven adolescent projects as long as he stops playing with his his toy robots and cities with a millionaire budget for a while and focus on what maybe he might be good at besides directing action without stuff necessarily blowing up: dark comedy(???). 52/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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