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You Can Count on Me (2000)

R | | Drama | 22 December 2000 (USA)
A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town.

Director:

Kenneth Lonergan
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

One of the reasons why Kenneth Lonergan cast Matthew Broderick in the film was because they are high school buddies. The two have known each other since they were 15 years old. 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 »

Quotes

Sammy: [to Terry] Are you out of your mind? You know, I admit I may not be the best mother in the world, but I'm doing the best I know how, and he doesn't need you to rub his face in shit because you think it's good for him! He's gonna find out that the world is a horrible place and that people suck soon enough and without any help from you!
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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 John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Acting par excellence
12 April 2001 | by smakawhatSee all my reviews

This movie centres on a brother and sister. Samantha lives in a small town going through the routine of life, when suddenly she finds out her brother Terry is coming to visit again after a long absence. However, we soon find out from these 2, that not everything in their lives are perfect.

This movie has the most engaging characters I have ever seen. The two actors, Laura Linney and Marc Ruffalo, I could have just sat and listened to them all day talking about their lives. It is that good. Marc Ruffalo has this charisma and screen presence and makes his character come alive like no other person I have seen on film 'ever'. These people are so real in this film it is unbelievable.

The movie is charming, witty, heartwarming, unpredictable, VERY funny, and so great. You leave the theatre wondering what well become of these 2 and their trials, and they seem like people you know. The great thing also is the film is not sappy, or has predictable plot holes, or a serious climax that you are waiting for to erupt. It just unfolds so perfectly.

Great film (must see)

10 out of 10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Can Count on Me 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

Gross USA:

$9,416,804

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,242,521
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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