WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU
Crime Doesn’t Pay
Release Date: December 12, 2008
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke,
Will Lyman, Amanda Peet,
Donnie Wahlberg, Lenny Clarke,
and Eddie Lynch
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Yari Film Group Releasing
Director: Brian Goodman
Executive Producer: William J. Immerman and Peter
Producer: Bob Yari, Marc Frydman and Rod
Writer: Brian Goodman, Paul T. Murray
and Donnie Wahlberg
Address Comments To:Bob Yari, Chairman
Yari Film Group
10850 Wilshire Blvd., South
Beverly Hills, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 689-1450
Fax: (310) 234-8975
When released, Brian is torn between trying to stay clean or returning to his life of crime. Finally seeing his children growing up and regretting what he has done leads him to make the right decision, even though his best friend Paulie chooses a different path.
WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU is well made with excellent performances by Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke as the two thieves. Amanda Peet as the strong, yet longsuffering wife of Brian brings much heart to the story. The story takes a while to get going and not until Brian is wounded does the action of the story pick up. There is an unexpected twist at the end, which holds a nice surprise.
The movie’s message is clearly that crime doesn’t pay. To get to that point, however, most of the movie is attempts by the main characters to try to get crime to pay through threats, stealing, and extortion. There is much foul language and violence and depicted drug use. A married couple is engaged in sexual relations onscreen.
Ultimately, though, Brian makes a better choice and faces life in reality, choosing the path laid out by AA of one day at a time. In one of the AA meetings, the Lord’s Prayer is recited, though Brian leaves, saying that the part about praying makes him uncomfortable. His sponsor says that at first it did the same to him.
This story of a man making choices to live a better life in relationship with his family instead of following a life of crime is worth watching, though caution and discernment must be exercised because of the movie’s strong content.
WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU is well made, with excellent performances by Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke as the two thieves. The movie’s message is clearly that crime doesn’t pay and that redemption is possible, but it contains crime violence, drug use and much foul language. Also, a married couple is engaged in sex onscreen. This story of a man making choices to live a better life with his family instead of following a life of crime is worth watching, but caution and discernment must be exercised because of the movie’s strong content.