You Can Count on Me

You Can Count on Me

DVD - 2001
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Sammy is a single mom living in a small Catskill town with her eight-year-old son. A lot happens all at once to Sammy as she, sort of, picks up with an old boyfriend, gets a new boss and her wayward brother finally shows up after months of no communication. A crisis of sorts ensues when the son meets his estranged father.

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PHAERTE1
Sep 01, 2017

Average, but Laura Linney always shines.

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sldphotonut
Jan 21, 2016

Okay movie but kind of depressing. I love Laura Linney & Mark Ruffalo and neither disappointed in this film.

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Nursebob
Dec 11, 2014

The sudden death of their parents affect siblings Samantha and Terry in very different ways. Twenty years later Terry is an itinerant slacker who has confused rootlessness with freedom and is therefore unwilling to commit to anyone or anything. Sam, on the other hand, has become a self-reliant single mother whose life is nothing but commitments…in fact she and 8-year old Rudy still reside in her old family home where they live a comfortable life of domestic stagnation. When Terry drifts back into Sam’s life in need of cash to help out a girlfriend “in trouble” his arrival turns her small town sensibilities upside-down and the resulting clash of personal philosophies will not only shake up their own tenuous relationship, it will also open young Rudy’s eyes to the fact that the world does not end at his little burg’s city limits. Although seemingly irresponsible at first (he takes the kid to a smokey pool hall where he teaches him the fine art of the hustle) Terry provides a much needed alternate voice in Rudy’s sheltered life. In the meantime Sam is having a crisis of responsibility herself as she keeps her devoted boyfriend’s marital advances at bay while developing a curiously antagonistic relationship with her fastidious new boss. It all comes to a head when Terry reveals a few uncomfortable truths to Rudy—- truths which Sam wanted to protect him from and which will forever change the way mother and son regard each other. This is one of those quiet family-in-turmoil films that critics love to call “quirky” and “heartwarming” with its teary confrontations, conciliatory hugs, and just enough sex and F-bombs to add “bold” to the list. But thanks to an award-winning script and natural performances guided by director Kenneth Lonergan’s assured hand, nothing rings false including the bittersweet non-ending. The suburban locales are perfect and a soundtrack of classical strings and country heartbreak ballads help propel the story forward without being obtrusive…although some of those C&W lyrics are so glaringly ironic you just know it was intentional. A nice, unchallenging little slice of life. In other words…”heartwarming”.

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K_ez
Sep 04, 2013

Okay.
Rory Culkin's character felt realistic.

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ncs1961
Jul 22, 2013

I enjoyed this family film because it helps you like people who aren't always easy to like. I appreciate how entertaining it is while showing a little glimmer of why we sometimes do things that don't even make sense in our own heads. Makes me want to seek out more brother/sister movies...

btmslt May 08, 2013

A nice, mostly realistic, film about family relations.

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CalicoJack
Jul 15, 2009

Witty & original character study in which Laura Linney & Mark Ruffalo play a brother & sister who reunite at their small-town family home, share recent developments, & confront their highly divergent points of view. Both deliver virtuoso performances &, despite the messiness of their everyday lives, it's refreshing to watch their characters work out their differences & express their mutual devotion to her child, each in their own unique fashion.

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Michael
Jan 13, 2009

Writer Kenneth Lonergan (Analyze This) makes his directorial debut with this quiet, amazingly sharp character study of a brother and sister (whose parents died in a car crash) reuniting and clashing over their differences. Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo play the siblings with relish that only comes from a well-written script. The characterizations and storytelling is so rich it puts most other movies in this kind of genre, to shame. Matthew Broderick appears in a funny supporting role as Linney's boss. Linney earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, as did Lonergan for Best Screenplay. One quirky anomaly, though: If you're like me, never having recovered from Post-Ferris Bueller-Syndrome (I chuckle every time I think of who he's so married to in real life!) , there is something about an adult, authority-figure Mathew Broderick that is disturbing - especially knowing he's fooling around with Linney's character in the film - while married to a very pregnant church-loving wife! Yuck! Makes you miss Ferris a little bit - doesn't it?

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Jul 22, 2013

ncs1961 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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