You Can Count On Me

You Can Count On Me

Director: Kenneth Lonergan Cast: Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin

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Kenneth Lonergan, the co-screenwriter for Analyze This (1999), makes his directorial debut with this sensitive portrait of a pair of grown siblings. Sammy and Terry Prescott (Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo) were orphaned as children after their parents were killed in a car accident. Since then, the two have taken drastically divergent paths. Sammy is a single mother who leads a quiet, stable life in a small town in upstate New York. A fiercely protective mother, she shields her young son Rudy (Rory Culkin) from all information about his absentee father. She is also involved with Bob (Jon Tenney), a well-meaning but less-than-exciting mate, both in and out of bed. Terry, by contrast, is a troubled, self-destructive soul eking out a nomadic existence. When he abandons his pregnant girlfriend to borrow money from his sister, Sammy finds her stable world disrupted. A bond soon develops between Terry and Rudy; over the objections of his mother, Terry takes the tyke fishing and shares old family secrets. Meanwhile, Terry's presence inspires Sammy to break out of her quiet life. This film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2001
UPC: 0097363389439
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Linney Sammy Prescott
Mark Ruffalo Terry Prescott
Rory Culkin Rudy
Matthew Broderick Brian
Jon Tenney Bob
J. Smith-Cameron Mabel
Kenneth Lonergan Priest

Technical Credits
Kenneth Lonergan Director,Screenwriter
Lesley Barber Score Composer
Stephen Carlis Executive Producer
Donald C. Carter Executive Producer
Barbara de Fina Producer
John Hart Producer
Stephen Kazmierski Cinematographer
Anne McCabe Editor
Larry Meistrich Producer
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer
Jeff Sharp Producer
Michael Shaw Production Designer
Morton Swinsky Executive Producer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer

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You Can Count On Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo are excellent as sister and brother who, after losing their parents in a tragic accident, can always count on each other. Kenneth Lonergan directs his own screenplay as the siblings are now adults leading totally different lives. Linney is a single mother living in the same house in the same town and attempting to juggle her 8 year-old son, her job and the household chores, while trying to find time for personal relationships. Ruffalo is a drifter without any purpose in life who is basically just trying to get by with whatever it takes. Despite all their faults, their redeeming qualities come shining through as they always have each other for support. You will laugh and you will cry as the subject is one we can all relate to. A powerful and emotional movie that is not stereotypical, but honest and refreshing. This movie is destined to become a family drama classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great movie that closely examines not only sibling relationships, but a number of interpersonal relationships as well. Sometimes the things we do have an effect on others whether intended or not, and those dynamics are explored in this well-written, intensely emotional story. Sammy (Laura Linney) is the seemingly conservative, good sister with a wild side; Terry (Mark Ruffalo) is the drifter-type, not-so-good brother with a good heart who means well. Early in the movie, I did not like Terry...thought he was a loser, bad-news type of a guy who would only bring his sister, Sammy, down. But as his character develops, he is a likeable guy that you wind up feeling sorry for, even though his misfortunes are of his own creation. This movie, although ''quiet and unassuming,'' has a sobering effect that will cause viewers to take a closer look at their own relationships. If you only watch one critically acclaimed movie this year, this is the one.''
Anonymous More than 1 year ago