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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.

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

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: Where were you?
Sammy: Nowhere. I had dinner with my boss.
Terry: Kind of a late dinner, ain't it?
Sammy: Yeah. How was Rudy?
Terry: Fine. He's asleep.
Sammy: Did the plumber come?
Terry: Yeah, the fucking plumber came!
Sammy: Terry, just give me a break!
Terry: What's the matter with you?
Sammy: Nothing, I'm just tired.
[...]
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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 »


Soundtracks

Harlan Man
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band
Courtesy of South Nashville Music / WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
And E-Squared, LLC.
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A Beautiful Film
17 February 2004 | by NormanThePigSee all my reviews

Originally written as a one-act (which manifests itself as the eventual meeting of Terry and Sammy in the restaurant) by stage veteran Kenneth Lonergan, 'You Can Count on Me' is an amazingly realistic look at the filial dynamic and relationships that come from the breaking and separation of family.

Split from their parents at an early age, Sammy and Terry, the older and younger, respectively, are forced to rely on one another throughout their youths until Terry vanishes, travelling across the nation for a long time.

When he finally returns, Terry finds that Sammy has built a somewhat stable life for herself in their beautifully provincial Appalachian hometown with her single-mom life and her adorable son, Rudy.

'You Can Count on Me' boasts honest, believable dialogue and acting in like kind. Laura Linney's performance as the somewhat-restrained Sammy is easily her best, and Mark Ruffalo's as Terry is also highly evolved. The beauty of this film is that there are literally hundreds of places for the plot or action to derail and become an emotional sap-fest ripe with over-dramatic exclamations, but it stays right on track, always honest, brutal, and, ultimately, endearing.

Lonergan has hit a kind of gold mine here. Fans of his hugely successful 'This Is Our Youth' will recognize his work here, as 'You Can Count on Me' is obviously kith and kin to it.

Do not expect breath-taking special effects. Do not expect dramatic exlcamations or exposition. Do not expect the typical or mundane. This film is extraordinarily truthful in its telling of the boundaries we build for ourselves and the ones we love.


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