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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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Michael Yebba ...
Roundman / Old Lady (as Mike Yebba)
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Young Brian (as Jean Pierre 'JP' Serret)
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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They didn't choose a life of crime. They came from it. 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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Paulie ordered a Chivas on the rocks in the bar but when he picked his drink up, it was straight up in a shot glass. See more »

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Brian Reilly: What? You got no balls, u run out on in the middle of a score? Here's a couple bucks. You're lucky you're gettin that. Naw, don't sit down here. Go sit over there! Nah, I'm just fuckin with ya. Sit down.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Avengers Special (2012) See more »

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Help Me Baby
Written by Dick Wagner (as Richard Wagner)
Performed by The Bossmen
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group
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You eat life or life eats you
19 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a down to earth movie in ways the average person cannot know about. There is a way to make a living going day to day lying, cheating, robbing and stealing and this movie keys into it. What you will see here is nothing new. The actors and story effectively convey the hopelessness and no future in this street fighting life. The film captures how you live from one problem to the next buying time in between. Child hood friends growing up with dysfunction is well portrayed here. When love and stability are missing at home, the streets serve as a pseudo mother and father loving you for all the wrong reasons. Getting high, drunk, showing off, bullying people and wanton disregard for woman and authority is in your face showing itself to be not acceptable, but that is all there is in this life. The prison scenes were mild compared to what really happens in there. The actors and the plot effectively convey that it takes more courage to not live this life than to live correctly and earn your right day by day. We are also reminded that when one of the lead actors to atttempts break free, he definitely changes the course for the better for all people in his life. This film will convey a sobering thought. We may not know what things are and which way to always go, but we sure know what they are not and what not to do...Popcorn, a tasty drink and some snack for this one...and look forward to some quality acting by both lead players...Well done


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