Pain and Gain Wednesday, 19 June 2019

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    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).

  • LANGUAGE:

    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.

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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