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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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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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22 December 2000 (USA)  »

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Puedes contar conmigo  »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$9,180,275 (USA) (8 June 2001)
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The scene with Rudy walking home from school in the pouring rain was created by the local fire department spraying a hose from their highest ladder. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Rudy: Why are you smoking?
Terry: Um, because it's bad, don't ever do it.
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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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Written by Scott Miller
Performed by The V-roys
Courtesy of Tall Midget Music / Warner Tamerlane Pub. Corp.(BMI)
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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