Nick Schager Reviews Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain

Has Michael Bay acquired self-consciousness? That’s the question raised, if never convincingly answered, by Pain & Gain, an outrageous based-on-real-life tale that’s perfectly suited to the director’s insanely overblown stylistic and thematic temperament. Rife with racism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism, and infatuated with superficial beauty, physical strength, wealth, and military might, it’s the perfect encapsulation of Bay’s favorite things, a rollicking, repugnant, hilarious mess of inappropriateness that at once embraces, and condemns, its many tasteless elements.

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