Excerpt: Based on a true story, Pain & Gain plays out sorta/kinda as a story the Coen Brothers might tell if they ate too much beef, pumped up a high dose shot of HGH and played video games all day long. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if it’s what you’re into, but it’s not a good thing either.
Conclusion: Yes, Pain & Gain is based on a true story. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie are some of the dumbest criminals ever to hit Miami in Michael Bay's hilarious action comedy that tells the story of the real-life "Sun Gym Gang" that murdered, kidnapped and extorted a number of innocent victims in the mid-'90s. The film could lose a few minutes from its running time but its comedy is sharp, and the final product is given Bay's typical polish.