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

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16 November 2000 (Slovenia)  »

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Puedes contar conmigo  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£63,848 (UK) (30 March 2001)

Gross:

$9,180,275 (USA) (8 June 2001)
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Featured in David Sedaris' story "Repeat After Me" in his 2004 book "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim." See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Sammy: [picks up phone] Hello?
Brian: Yeah, it's Brian.
Sammy: Brian!
Brian: What the hell happened to you today, lady?
Sammy: [rolls eyes and hangs up]
Sammy: [phone rings again] Hello...
Brian: You're fired!
Sammy: Good!
[slams phone down]
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Jeffrey Sharp would like to dedicate his work on this film to his mother, Virginia Sharp Albright, with love and admiration. See more »

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

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Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben
from St. Matthew Passion
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Rheinische Kantorei (Choir) and Das Kleine Konzert (Orchestra)
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft mbH, Hamburg
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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21 August 2004 | by (Norberg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I almost didn't know anything about this film, but when it came out on DVD, a lot of critics recommended it, so I checked it out. And - wow! A real little gem of a movie that perfectly blends drama and comedy.

The story may be slight (to say the least), it's basically just a couple of days in the life of a sister and her brother, and the people around them in a small town. No real beginning, and no real end, but a fantastic, original script, and some really great acting. Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney (she gives one of the best performances I've ever seen on film) are both extremely likable despite their characters' flaws, and it fun to see Matthew Broderick in a different kind of role for him.

A film about ordinary people, living ordinary lives, all done in a near flawless way. Great script, direction, and acting - that's something you don't see every day, so make sure you see this one.


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