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What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

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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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Brian Goodman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Brian Reilly
Ethan Hawke ... Paulie McDougan
Amanda Peet ... Stacy Reilly
Will Lyman ... Sully
Brian Goodman ... Pat Kelly
Donnie Wahlberg ... Detective Moran
Angela Featherstone ... Katie
Edward Lynch ... Jackie
Michael Yebba Michael Yebba ... Roundman / Old Lady (as Mike Yebba)
Brian Connolly Brian Connolly ... Sean
Nathaniel Smyth Nathaniel Smyth ... Mark (5 Years Old)
Oscar Wahlberg Oscar Wahlberg ... Mark (10 Years Old)
Thomas Regan Thomas Regan ... Young Paulie
Johnny Serret ... Young Brian (as Jean Pierre 'JP' Serret)
George Khoury George Khoury ... Delivery Man
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2009 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Real Men Cry See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Fascinating and well acted movie spoiled by poor pacing halfway through
7 May 2009 | by nascenttSee all my reviews

I had no knowledge of the existence of this movie until the day I saw it, so when I started it I was pretty blown away by it. The gritty drama and really well told story of these 2 boys/men is fascinating, very well acted and initially very interesting. The score is beautiful, as is the initial pacing and storytelling. I was thinking this is one of the best movies I've seen for months, and then something odd happened.. the pacing shifted, suddenly long beautifully acted scenes were becoming clips of a few minutes here a sentence there, the character development that was so successful early on suddenly seemed to be redundant as stories become pointless and predictable. It's almost as though the movie changed to a different director and editor half-way through.

I found myself caring less and less about the characters as they became victims of over-editing. The only 2 scenes that lasted more than a couple of minutes in the last third that had any 'substance' were overly dramatic if not soppy father-son scenes where all other members of the family become low priority.

It's really quite a shame, I was enjoying the film so much during the first half, I was willing to give this film a 9 if only a little more of the plot would begin to unravel itself, but instead I got less plot, less character focus and more "this is bad" and "this is good" moments... It's a true pity as I shan't be recommending this movie due to it's second half.


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