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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May 10, 2019

The title is just the opposite of what happens in the movie. After the sister who is sleeping around starts up with her new married boss, who's wife is pregnant, I stopped watching. Mark Ruffalo is very young in this movie and still smokes like crazy. Lung cancer may be in his future if he does not stop.

LPL_TriciaK Dec 28, 2018

If you like Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney, you will absolutely need to watch this touching and heartfelt drama, where their brother-sister relationship takes center stage.

Jan 21, 2016

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

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. 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”.

Sep 04, 2013

Rory Culkin's character felt realistic.

btmslt May 08, 2013

A nice, mostly realistic, film about family relations.

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.

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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