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Films to Talk About: “You Can Count on Me”

Films to Talk About: “You Can Count on Me”
Movie and always an engaging discussion afterward!
2000, 111 minutes
R-rated: language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Writers: Kenneth Lonergan
Stars: Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo
Awards: 2 Oscars, another 37 wins and 27 nominations
The movie looks at how a family tragedy affects the lives of two siblings, Sammy (Laura Linney) and Terry Prescott (Mark Ruffalo) who—at a young age—lost their parents in a car accident. Sammy is now a single mother who raises her son Rudy Jr. (Rory Culkin) in her home town of Scottsville, New York and works in the local bank…The contradictions found within Lonergan's lead characters help shape two very realistic, drastically different people who have forever been changed by a traumatic event in their lives…Both characters are very well written and extremely well played by Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo. Linney firmly establishes herself as one of the best actresses working in Hollywood, and Ruffalo gives an excellent, career defining performance, showcasing an immense range and emotional depth…Yet above all it is Lonergan's writing and direction that left the biggest mark on this viewer. — Matthew Pejkovic
You Can Count on Me is one of the best films in many a moon to deal with the passions siblings call forth from each other without half trying…With candor and compassion, Kenneth Lonergan's movie reveals that even difficult sibling relationships can be rewarding once they're seen as complex, vulnerable, and edifying. — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

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