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Pain & Gain

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.

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Violence: --
Sexual Content: --
Language: --
Drugs/Alcohol: --
Release Date: 26 Apr 2013
Run Time: 130
MPAA Rating: R

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In-Depth Review

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.

NOTE:

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:

Violence:

- 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

Sexual Content:

- 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.

Language:

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:

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/1999-12-23/news/pain-gain/

Video alternatives

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.

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