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What Doesn’t Kill You (2008)

(R) 100 mins

Plot Summary: 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.

Cast: Mark RuffaloEthan HawkeAmanda PeetWill LymanBrian GoodmanDonnie WahlbergAngela FeatherstoneEdward LynchBates Wilder

Director: Brian Goodman

Serious Jest:  (Must See)  I started watching this film with no idea what it was about.  I had added it to my Netflix queue a while back, and forgotten why.  Right from the first scene, though, I knew I had found a hidden gem.  According to Wikipedia, the movie premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released on a very small scale in December 2008 due to the collapse of its distributor, Yari Film Group.  It is a straight-forward crime drama, showcasing the struggle of gangsters who want to change their lives.  It is set apart, however, by the fact that it is based on Goodman’s real life until the mid-1990s.  Some guys deal with their demons with telling their story in a meeting…Goodman made a badass movie about his…and Ruffalo, Hawke, and the rest of the cast (including Goodman) played the hell out of their roles.


About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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