What Doesn't Kill You (film)

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What Doesn't Kill You
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrian Goodman
Produced byMarc Frydman
Peter R. McIntosh
Rod Lurie
Bob Yari
Rand Ravich
Screenplay byDonnie Wahlberg
Brian Goodman
Paul T. Murray
StarringEthan Hawke
Mark Ruffalo
Amanda Peet
Donnie Wahlberg
Max Martini
Angela Featherstone
Battleplan Productions
Cold Spring Pictures
The Montecito Picture Company
Bob Yari Productions
Alphaville Films
Distributed byYari Film Group Releasing
Release date
  • December 12, 2008 (2008-12-12)
CountryUnited States

What Doesn't Kill You is a 2008 American crime drama loosely based on the true life story of the film's director Brian Goodman,[1] detailing his own exploits involved with South Boston's Irish Mob.[2] Starring Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo, it premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival,[3] and was released on a very small scale in December 2008 due to the collapse of its distributor Yari Film Group and NBC adapted TV series Crisis;[4] the title alludes to the Nietzsche quote Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker (What does not kill me makes me stronger).


Hawke and Ruffalo play childhood friends Paulie and Brian, who are forced to survive on the tough streets of South Boston through a life of petty thievery, they join a local gang of criminals, but Brian finds it hard to reconcile his work and friendship with Paulie and his relationship with his wife (Amanda Peet) and sons.


Critical reception[edit]

The film received generally favorable reviews from critics. Based on the 10 critic reviews collected by Metacritic, it received an average score of 71 out of 100.[5] Rotten Tomatoes generated a 66% favorable rating based on 32 reviews.[6]


  1. ^ "Exclusive: Brian Goodman Faces What Doesn't Kill You". comingsoon.net. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  2. ^ "What Doesn't Kill You Blurb by Dave Wedge". BostonHerald.com. 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  3. ^ "Toronto Film Festival lineup 2008". Variety. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  4. ^ Fleming, Michael (2008-12-12). "Bob Yari crashes into Chapter 11". Variety. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  5. ^ "What Doesn't Kill You Reviews at Metacritic.com". Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  6. ^ "What Doesn't Kill You Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2009-10-19.

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