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Pain & Gain (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  26 April 2013 (USA)
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A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.



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Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. Written by napierslogs

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dolor y dinero  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,244,505 (USA) (26 April 2013)


$49,874,933 (USA) (23 August 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The home of Frank Griga belongs to Michael Bay. It is also the former Miami home of Hulk Hogan, seen often in Hogan Knows Best (2005). See more »


When Victor asks for a taco you can see the Taco Bell 12 pack box which wasn't on Taco Bell's Menu until 2012. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel Lugo: [groaning and grunting out his situps] I'm hot! I'm big!
Daniel Lugo: [sees a squad of police cars] Fuck!
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References Pretty Woman (1990) See more »


Written and Performed by Cedric Gervais and Carlos Cid
Courtesy of Spinnin Records / Onelove
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User Reviews

Awesome Movie!!
24 April 2013 | by (Miami, FL USA) – See all my reviews

Caught an advanced screening of Pain & Gain in Miami and I must say this movie is without doubt going to be a huge hit. Absolutely hysterical and action packed. Marky Mark proves yet again that he is one of the best action/comedy stars of our time. Before seeing this movie I was never a fan of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson or his supposed "acting" skills but after seeing him play a former criminal and hilarious born again Christian in this film I have to say I am now a fan. Go watch this movie and prepare to be laughing hysterically from beginning to end. The fact that the boneheaded kidnapping plan portrayed in the film was based on a true story makes this that much more intriguing. Go watch this movie!

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