Release Date: 26 April 2013
Because we only review G, PG, and PG-13 movies at Parent Previews we did not review this title. For your convenience, we have provided some brief information about the film’s synopsis and content.
Synopsis: Being big and tough ought to have its advantages, and Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is about to cash in on them. Teaming up with a couple of his bodybuilding buddies (Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) he hatches a kidnapping plot that with only a little pain should bring great gain.
The screen-writers of the movie have taken a comical approach to presenting this true story. Read more about Parent Previews’ opinion about this creative choice at: Pain & Gain: Why Has Crime Become So Funny?.
Content Details: Beyond the Movie Ratings...
This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:
- Frequent and prolonged portrayals of explicit graphic violence.
- Frequent depictions of beating, shooting, electrocution, burning and explosion.
- Graphic portrayals of torture and brutality, with blood, dismemberment, and detail.
- Occasional gory and grotesque images
- Occasional upsetting and disturbing scenes
- Portrayals of sexual activity, with no nudity and some detail.
- Implied and simulated sexual activity.
- Breast and buttock nudity in sexual and non-sexual context.
- Frequent detailed crude sexual references.
- Sexual innuendo.
- Embracing and kissing.
Approximately 214 instances of coarse language including:
- Pervasive use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in a sexual context.
- Frequent use of scatological slang, sexual and ethno-cultural slurs, and vulgar expressions, sometimes in an aggressive context.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
- Frequent detailed and graphic portrayals of substance abuse.
- Several scenes of drug use involving cocaine.
Discussion Ideas: Talk About the Movie...
This movie is based on a true story. You can read about the men who inspired the movie here:
The lure of easy cash justifies criminal activities in Entrapment and Mad Money. Justice/revenge can also a motivation, as in Tower Heist and Man on a Ledge. Other real-life criminals are depicted in Catch Me If You Can and Bernie.
Home Video Notes
Pain & gain releases to home video on August 27, 2013.