• You Can Count on Me (2000)

You Can Count on Me

Release Date: November 10th, 2000

DVD Release Date: June 26th, 2001

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Sammy is a single mother who is extremely protective of her 8-year old son. She is satisfied with living in the small town she grew up in and working in a local bank. When her brother Terry visits he fits the void in the life of both her and her son. Temporarily free of the constraints of single motherhood she begins to break free of her normal routine. In a string of traumatic events Sammy is torn between helping her brother and her maternal instinct to protect her son from getting hurt.

Cast: Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin, Matthew Broderick, Jon Tenney, J. Smith-Cameron, Kenneth Lonergan, Gaby Hoffmann

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Hart Sharp Productions, Shooting Gallery, Crush Entertainment, Cappa Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Small town , Love , Brother , Sacrifice , 2000s , Touching , Emotional , Transformation , Son ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It's rare to get a good movie about the touchy adult relationship of a sister and brother. Rarer still for the director to be more fascinated by the process than the outcome. This is one of the best movies of the year. show more

  • 85
    Kevin MaynardMr. Showbiz

    It's the sum of things not spoken, things too painful to express, that's the heart of this quietly moving drama. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A small but moving film that gets the details right (life in a sleepy burg, sidewalk chats between old high school pals) and gets at the heart of human longing for family, for love. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture