You Can Count on Me (2000)

R  |   |  Drama  |  22 December 2000 (USA)
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A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Louise Prescott
Peter Kerwin ...
Lisa Altomare ...


Adult siblings Sammy Prescott and Terry Prescott have had a special bond with each other since they were kids when their parents were tragically killed in a car accident. That bond is why single mom Sammy, who still lives in the family home in Scottsville, upstate New York with her eight year old son Rudy, is excited to hear that Terry, who she has not seen or heard from in a while, is coming home for a visit. That excitement is dampened slightly upon Terry's arrival, when she learns that he, broke, is only there to borrow money. As adults, Sammy, who works as a lending officer in the local bank, is seen as the responsible sibling, while unfocused Terry is seen as the irresponsible drifter. Regardless, Sammy welcomes what ends up being Terry's longer than planned visit if only so that he can help take care of Rudy, who has no adult male figure in his life. Rudy has never known his deadbeat biological father, with whom Sammy wants nothing to do. As Terry - acting as the supposed adult ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Puedes contar conmigo  »

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Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$118,170 (USA) (10 November 2000)


$9,180,275 (USA) (8 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


Mabel the bank secretary was played by J. Smith-Cameron, wife of writer/director Kenneth Lonergan. See more »


The pancakes on the son's dish skip around from side to side in each shot as he and his mom are talking. See more »


Rudy: Why are you smoking?
Terry: Um, because it's bad, don't ever do it.
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Crazy Credits

Jeffrey Sharp would like to dedicate his work on this film to his mother, Virginia Sharp Albright, with love and admiration. See more »


Featured in The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2001) See more »


The Mountain
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band
Courtesy of South Nashville Music / WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
And E-Squared, LLC.
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A breath of fresh air
26 January 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's like a breath of fresh air to see a drama driven by characters rather than by a typical Hollywood plot. If this were any other drama, someone would get cancer, the little boy would go missing, the stars would look like supermodels, and the characters would talk with a screenwriter's emotional phrase. Here, the characters think, act and talk like real people. They could be us. That's the genius of this movie. If you want fantasy, don't see this film. If you want to be touched by great acting and a wonderful plot that shows the complexities of human relationship, see this film. This isn't Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias or One True Thing. This is real.

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