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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 ...
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Young Brian (as Jean Pierre 'JP' Serret)
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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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In the scene where Brian is in the hospital after being shot outside of the bar he is yelling at the nurse because he wants more pain medication, there is a dry erase board above his head that says "no BP on left side" and he has a blood pressure cuff on his left arm. 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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Put a LIttle Nasty on It
Written by James Alexander (as James Edward Alexander), Larry Charles Dodson, Jazze Pha (as Anton Phalon Alexander) & Anthony Michael Dortch
Performed by The Bar-Kays
Courtesy of Jea Right Now Records, Under license by Ford Music Services
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Wow!, best film this year so far.
11 March 2009 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

It's not often you come across a film that just blows you away, this film does it all on every level.

An Oscar winning performance by far for Mark Ruffalo, not a name I instantly new but a face I recognized from somewhere.

His decent into a drug riddled alcoholic existence is a heartfelt performance that shines the brightest in this movie. The visual torment he goes through trying to improve his families financial crisis mostly brought about by his own criminal activities, drug and alcohol abuse is without doubt a blistering performance and a testament to his skills as an actor.

Ethan Hawke, yet another solid supporting role that is only diminished by the screen presence of Ruffalo, but some how still manages to make an impact has a sex-addicted low-life that brings so much to the story and his relationship with Ruffalo's character.

As for Brian Goodman, well again a face I definitely knew from his bad-ass performance as Ryan Price in the TV-Show 'Lost', takes a small but pivotal role in his own penned story.

But it's the role of Director that he truly shows us a master-craft performance, there's no rush here, a perfect balance of character building and story telling. Allowing the characters to come alive and carry the story forward in their own time. Mr Goodman it seems is a man of many talents - Writer, Actor and Director - all I can say is, in this film all of them worked in perfect harmony.

Watch it now, you won't regret it..


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