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You Can Count on Me (2000)

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A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town.

Director:

Kenneth Lonergan
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Ryan ... Mrs. Prescott
Michael Countryman ... Mr. Prescott
Adam LeFevre ... Sheriff Darryl
Halley Feiffer ... Amy
Whitney Vance Whitney Vance ... Young Sammy
Peter Kerwin Peter Kerwin ... Young Terry
Betsy Aidem ... Minister
Laura Linney ... Sammy
Rory Culkin ... Rudy
J. Smith-Cameron ... Mabel
Matthew Broderick ... Brian
Jon Tenney ... Bob
Gaby Hoffmann ... Sheila
Mark Ruffalo ... Terry
Lisa Altomare Lisa Altomare ... Waitress
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Puedes contar conmigo See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,170, 12 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,180,275, 10 June 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew Broderick, a friend of Kenneth Lonergan's, was the first actor cast in this movie. He visited Lonergan at his apartment, read the part of Brian, and asked if he could audition for it. Lonergan then told him the part was already his. See more »

Goofs

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: I don't know what the church's official position is on fornication and adultery these days, and I felt really hypocritical not saying anything to you about it before, but... what *is* the official position these days?
Ron: Well... it's a sin.
Sammy: Good, I think it should be!
Ron: But we try not to focus on that aspect right off the bat.
Sammy: Why not? I think you should.
Ron: Well...
Sammy: Maybe it was better when they screamed at you from the box for having sex with your married boss, they told you what a terrible thing 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 »

Connections

Referenced in In This Moment (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

White Lies
Written and Performed by Cheri Knight
Published by Yarn Over Music (BMI)
Administered by Bug Music, Inc.
Courtesy of E-Squared, LLC.
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I really don't know where to begin.
8 August 2002 | by PDNickzSee all my reviews

I don't. This is just one of Those Movies, y'know? Shot for shot it's great. The cinematography definitely knows what it's doing and it's VERY mindful of itself in such a way that we can ignore it if we're not paying attention to it. As such, the camera steps out of the way and we're free to absorb the story, as simple as it may be. Man... I honestly loved this movie. The acting was top-notch, the principles were great and everyone else was cast so perfectly that every second of the film just falls into place. Just go see it. Please. Mark Ruffalo gives a fantastic performance as an Unfamous, Untalented Bob Dylan. The script is not heavy-handed. It's charming without being aware of itself. It's just a really really good film in the style of good films (re: The Sweet Hereafter) that's going the way of the dodo under the weight of these iconoclastic Hollywood heavy hitters (re: Shaymalan et al). Such a good film. So good.


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