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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 film is set in Scottsville, New York, which is in the far west of the state, south of Rochester. However, a sign is seen for NY Rt28, which does not run anywhere near Scottsville. This is because the film was shot in and around Phonecia, New York, through which NY Rt28 runs. See more »


Brian: I think it's an area we ought to explore.
Sammy: You explore it! I'm going back to work.
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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 »


Referenced in Misfire: The Rise and Fall of the Shooting Gallery (2013) See more »


Written and Performed by Bap Kennedy
Courtesy of Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd. (BMI)
And E-Squared, LLC.
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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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