Pain and Gain Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Pain and Gain

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, drug use, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    No brain no gain.

  • Starring:

    Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, Bar Paly, Ken Jeong, Michael Rispoli, Tony Plana, Emily Rutherford, Larry Hankin

  • Directed by:

    Michael Bay

  • Running time:

    129 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot, tasered, kicked, punched, kidnapped, drugged, headlocked, head-butted, hit by vehicles, attacked with objects, shot at, crushed. A man jumps out of a window/off a balcony. Alcohol is forced down the throat of a teetotaler. Screams, shouting, arguing. Homophobia, antisemitism. Plans to carry out a kidnapping are discussed. A man is abducted, has a plastic bag tied over his head, is blindfolded, tied up, detained, tortured, set alight, crushed by a car. Unibomber (mentioned). Objects are smashed, damaged. Explosion, flying sparks. A man attacks an armed guard. A man feeds a dismembered body part to a dog. Gas canisters are fired. Dangerous driving, grand theft auto. Blood/gore: Corpses are mutilated (chainsaw, axe, burned, dumped). Bloody heads, faces, hands, clothing, floors, carpet, gashes, scratches, bruises, bloody clothing, blood drops, blood splatter. Burned, singed hair and skin; soiled clothing. Acne, saliva, urination. Bandages, neck brace. Dismembered body parts.


    A couple have sex against a car (no obvious nudity visible). A couple use a prop during sex in a bedroom (no nudity). Many sex toys, dildos seen. A man masturbates while watching porn. A man touches, flirts with another man. Herpes, rape, gang rape, dry-humping, sexual acts (mentioned). Nudity: Topless dancers (nightclub). Skimpy workout gear, swimwear, lingerie. Cleavage, breasts, pubic hair, bare bottoms. Giant picture of a nude woman (genitals not visible). Men/women in underwear.


    People inject themselves with steroids ("muscle juice"). A woman is injected with horse tranquiliser. A man frequently snorts cocaine. Vials of pills, hypodermic syringes seen. Drug-dealing/smuggling discussed. A man is injected with a drug (Engorgitol) to aid impotence. A man drinks breastmilk fortified with human growth hormone. Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits, liqueur). Sobriety (discussed).


    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, derogatory terms for females, slang and actual terms for genitalia and bodily functions. Name-calling, derogatory insults. Sexual, gender, cultural, racial, ageist and ethnic slurs and stereotyping. Religious references, prayer, hymns, conversion and exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.


    Murder, greed, jealousy, the American Dream, bodybuilding, personal training, dis/organised crime, drugs, temptation, racketeering, embezzlement, surveillance, hedonism, mayhem.


    Based on a true story. Prison, courtroom, hospital, wedding settings. Marriage proposal. Deceased father, deceased grandfather, divorce (mentioned). Waxing. Penile dysfunction, steroid-induced impotence (discussed). Plane flies overhead (close-up). Dogs, fish, oxen (photo).


    Humorous. Unbelievable true story. Solid first hour. Entertaining performances.


    Waaaaay too long. Dialogue-heavy. Loses momemtum, tone. Poorly constructed.

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