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What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.

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George Khoury ...
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An armored car is robbed by three men. A passing police officer and one of the robbers exchange fire. The robber is Paulie. In a flashback we follow him and his closest friend, Brian, as they grow up together in South Boston. They're tough guys, thugs, doing jobs for the local boss and chaffing to do more. Paulie's the leader. Brian drinks too much and free bases, ignoring his wife and two young boys. Life-changing events lead him to try to go straight, look for work, take what comes his way, and go to A.A. meetings. He struggles. Paulie shows him the plans for the armored car job. Will they do it? "I am who I am," Brian tells his wife. Is crime his only skill? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Everyone has a choice. Every choice has a consequence. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, drug use, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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10 September 2009 (Portugal)  »

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Real Men Cry  »

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The movie is based on Brian Goodman's own life up to the mid 1990s. See more »

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In the scene where they were scoping out the armored truck, they start the car to follow it. However, we can see the car start rolling forward before we hear the ignition is turned and put in gear. See more »

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Paulie McDougan: I'm sick of all this nickel and dime bullshit!
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Avengers Special (2012) See more »

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On the Road
Written by Dick Wagner (as Richard Wagner)
Performed by The Bossmen
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group
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And yet another kids to criminals to wake up call movie
7 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is yet another rehash of that glut of films about kids who begin lives of crime early on, go to jail, and come out either enlightened or unchanged. Set in South Boston, WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU happens to star some fine actors in Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, and Amanda Peet, and their presence makes the film watchable. It is just tiresome to watch repeats an this 'bad kid' (Ruffalo) turned junkie turned convict turned negligent husband and father turned AA whose ability to make decent decisions finds him clueless until the end of the film.

The flavor of South Boston and prison and petty crimes becoming major crimes is well paced by writer/director/actor Brian Goodman. But this rambling story is ultimately boring - except for the pleasure of watching Mark Ruffalo inhabit this loser of a character. An OK movie, not a great one. Grady Harp


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