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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)

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$9,180,275 (USA) (8 June 2001)
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The pool scene with Terry and Rudy was shot at a real pool hall where the crew often hung out after shooting. 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 »

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Terry: So how are ya?
Sammy: I'm fine, Terry.
Terry: So um... um, how's Rudy?
Sammy: We're fine, Terry.
[beat]
Sammy: How are you?
Terry: Uhhh, yeaahhh...
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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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References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »

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Written and Performed by Bap Kennedy
Courtesy of Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd. (BMI)
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you can definitely count on this movie
12 September 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In one of the many manifestations of the power of the indie flicks during the past ten years, rebellious young Terry Prescott (Mark Ruffalo) comes to visit his sister Samantha (Laura Linney) and her son Rudy (Rory Culkin), upsetting their normal lives. "You Can Count on Me" is very much a script- and character-driven movie, a far cry from a Hollywood cliché movie. As for the characters themselves, Samantha and Rudy are quite respectable; Terry is hard to classify, as he almost seems to be wasting his life but is the sort of rebel who we all wish to be; Matthew Broderick - as Samantha's boss - made my skin crawl, and I suspect that you'll feel the same.

All in all, this is certainly a movie that I recommend, and I'm eager to see Kenneth Lonergan's next movie.


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