Rent You Can Count on Me (2000)

3.7 of 5 from 151 ratings
1h 51min
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Sammy Prescott is a single mother who has lived all her life in Scottsville, New York. Now she's raising her 8-year-old son there, enjoying the peace of the family home and security of her job at the bank, blotting out any memories of Rudy's father. But the illusion of perfection is shattered when her charmingly self-destructive brother Terry (Mark Ruffalo) comes home for a visit.
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Kenneth Lonergan
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2000 Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting award

2000 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Dramatic #2

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111 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0
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Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
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Human drama at its best - You Can Count on Me review by CP Customer

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'You Can Count On Me' is a modestly produced but potent drama about two siblings, who after the death of their parents in a car crash as children, become two very different adults who lead two very different lives. Sammy (Laura Linney) is a conservative, controlling, perfectionist single mum who manages to balance her job at a bank with raising her 8 year old son. Everything in her life is balanced and organised, until a new boss is appointed at the bank, and her wayward, reckless, drifter brother Terry (Mark Ruffalo) arrives in town with little more than the clothes on his back and loose change in his pockets. Moving back into what was the family home, the story revolves around the friendship that blooms between Terry and his 8 year old nephew and the fragile relationship that often exists between siblings. 'You Can Count On Me' is a perfect example of drama at its best. There are no special effects, no over the top showy performances that beg for an Oscar, and the viewer isn't bashed over the head with a preachy message. Unlike most dramas, it respects your intelligence and is confident enough to remain subtle in tone, knowing that the strength of the story and characters will keep you hooked. All in all, 'You Can Count On Me' is a great 'slice of life' tale of a sister and brother, and their sometimes troublesome but ultimately always loving relationship.

17 out of 20 members found this review helpful.

Intense melodrama. - You Can Count on Me review by Steve

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Updated 02/03/2021

The first feature from playwright Kenneth Lonergan focuses on the special bond between a brother and sister. Their relationship, forged in the aftermath of the death of their parents, becomes stretched by the brother's absence, and then comes under further pressure when he drifts home unexpectedly, broke and without direction.

The stars are delightful: Mark Ruffalo (Terry) as the quiet, introverted loner; Laura Linney (Sammy) as the single mother who had to grow up fast to care for her now ten year old son, raised without his father.

 This is a character driven drama in the classic style. Its wonderful script is so powerful because so little is said, and so much is insinuated. It has no scenes where love is tearfully declared.

In fact the best line in the film, the last line, which squeezes the blood out of your heart, is a way of avoiding saying how much they mean to each other. It miraculously avoids sentimentality while being a quietly emotionally overwhelming.

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Compelling drama - You Can Count on Me review by CP Customer

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Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo are excellent as brother and sister; she is Sammy, the serious hard-working one trying to bring up her son alone and he is Terry, a free spirit who pleases himself and does what ever he wants, when he wants. When Terry comes to stay, Sammy's life and that of her son, Rudy, are turned upside down as Terry teaches him lots of bad habits. The exploration of brother sister relationships is very well done and it is both touching and funny.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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