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Writer and director Kenneth Lonergan's film debut is a quiet, touching story about the way relationships between adult siblings evolve (or don't evolve). Sammy (Laura Linney) is holding her life together, with a respectable job, her eight year old son and the home she grew up in. When her younger brother Terry (Mark Ruffalo) blows back into their small upstate New York town, the two siblings are initially overjoyed to see one another. Having lost their parents in a car crash when they were still kids, they have a deep, poignant bond.

Sammy's hope is that directionless Terry will form a bond with Rudy, her precocious son (played with fierce humor and depth by Rory Culkin). Her plans are made on shaky ground, however, as Rory and Terry seem to be more partners in crime than uncle and nephew. Further, Sammy finds herself in a precarious position with her boss at the bank (played in a very funny, raw turn by Matthew Broderick, a close friend of Lonergan).

The little family feels the pressure of a small-town life where everyone knows you and your secrets. The story develops at a slow pace, with moments of bittersweet humor.

You Can Count on Me is an Drama, Kids & Family movie that was released in 2000 and has a run time of 1 hr 51 min. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 85.

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| 2000 | 1 hr 51 min | 7.5/10 | 85/100
Cast
Amy Ryan, Michael Countryman, Adam LeFevre, Halley Feiffer
Director
Kenneth Lonergan
Produced By
Barbara De Fina, Larry Meistrich, Jeff Sharp
Language
English
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