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"PAIN & GAIN"
(2013) (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Extreme
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) Mild
Music (Inappropriate) Moderate
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Mild
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: Three bodybuilders get in over their heads when their "get rich quick" scheme of kidnapping a wealthy businessman and taking his money doesn't exactly proceed as planned.
PLOT:
It's 1995 and Daniel Lugo (MARK WAHLBERG) is a fitness trainer in Miami who dreams of becoming rich and successful along the lines of the American dream. He's recently talked himself into a job working at a club run by John Mese (ROB CORDRY) where he trains new clients such as successful businessman Victor Kershaw (TONY SHALHOUB).

Fully believing in the "be a doer" mantra of motivational speaker Jonny Wu (KEN JEONG), Daniel convinces fellow trainer Adrian Doorbal (ANTHONY MACKIE) and their new, muscle-bound friend, Paul Doyle (DWAYNE JOHNSON), of a get rich quick scheme he's sure is foolproof. And that's to kidnap Victor and force him to sign over his millions to them.

But things go awry when a blindfolded Victor figures out Daniel's identity, forcing them to believe they must kill him after they have his money. They repeatedly attempt to do so and leave after thinking they've succeeded, but Victor survives. His follow-up problem is that no one believe his tale. That is, except for retired cop and semi-retired detective Ed Du Bois III (ED HARRIS) who decides to look into the allegations.

As his investigation begins and Adrian's wife, Robin (REBEL WILSON), and Paul's stripper girlfriend, Sorina (BAR PALY), enjoy the newfound riches but don't know where they came from, the three bodybuilders try to fit in, albeit on the wealthy side. But when they end up needing more money, their actions threaten to derail their new lifestyles.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might be interested, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast and/or the work of director Michael Bay.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use.


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