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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

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

When Samantha is talking on the phone, the handset is not connected to the base and the base is not connected to the phone jack. See more »

Quotes

Terry: Put on your seat belt.
Rudy: It pushes on my neck.
Terry: What?
Rudy: It pushes on my neck, it's uncomfortable.
Terry: Well, when someone slams into us and you go sailing through the windshield, that's liable to be uncomfortable, too. Now, put on a seat belt.
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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 »

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Referenced in In This Moment (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin')
Written by Lola Jean Fawbush
Performed by Loretta Lynn
Published by Coal Miners Music, Inc. (BMI)
Administered by ICG
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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To Settle Or To Roam
15 April 2006 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

A sister and her brother, both grown, see the world in ways that are significantly different. The divorced sister and her young son live in the small town she grew up in. These are her roots. Nothing exciting happens here, but her routine life offers security and stability. One day her brother comes to visit her. The brother is something of a wanderer, moving around from place to place, unmarried, unsettled, looking for adventure. His visit sets up a clash between him and his sister and their different life styles: one sedentary, the other nomadic. In the absence of other siblings, and with both parents dead, each counts on the other to provide familial support.

It's the kind of film a lot of viewers can identify with, because most of what happens in the film is very ordinary: babysitting, plumbing hassles, time sheets, an annoying white-collar boss ... the stuff of everyday life. The emphasis is on contemporary realism.

Both Laura Linney (as the sister) and Mark Ruffalo (as the brother) were well cast for their roles. Both do a fine job of acting. The film's dialogue is realistic and believable. The country/western music is nice, but a little surprising, given that the story takes place in upstate New York.

If there is a downside to the film it is that it gets off to a slow start. Also, the story comes across at times like a soap opera.

Since the brother and sister have no other adult family, the film's theme is the same as its title: "You Can Count On Me". The story tugs at your heartstrings, especially with that poignant ending.

Because of its relevant, contemporary premise, its character development, and the high quality in direction, cinematography, editing, casting, acting, and production design, this is a film that most viewers probably will find satisfying.


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