You Can Count On Me Movie Review Summary

Actors: Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick

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Sammy Prescott hasn't had it easy. Her parents died when she was a child leaving her and her younger brother Terry alone in the world. She is now a single mother of an eight year old son who begins imagining his father as a hero instead of knowing that he is actually a deadbeat dad who could care less. You Can Count On Me tells the story of a family who isn't ever going to be pefect but just might get by on loving eachother anyway. Keep an eye out for Mathew Broderick as the strict new married boss who winds up cheating on his pregnant wife. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonnergan this film is heart felt and moving.   
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The review of this Movie prepared by Theresa

Writer-director Ken Lonergan crafted a quiet, honest film that with excellent acting managed to share top honors at the 2000 Sundance festival. Laura Linney plays a single mom and bank officer in a small upstate New York town whose rootless younger brother shows up to stay for a while. A prologue notes that their parents were killed in a car accident when they were young, so the siblings can't have had it easy, but the film takes a solid snapshot of their lives and relationship at this later point. Ruffalo is excellent -- edgy but goodhearted -- as the brother, Matthew Broderick and Jon Tenney fine as Linney's two suitors, and Rory Culkin simple and clean as her 8-year-old boy. Linney, a prettier version of Laura Dern (and a better actress) is incredibly fine and true. Nothing flashy or fancy about the characters or the plot, but both are honest, on the mark, and moving.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   brother Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes Coping with loss of    -   Dada and Momma

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   secretary Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Forest?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language

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