Monday, April 28, 2008

You Can Count On Me (2000) R - 2½ Stars

Sammy (Laura Linney) and Terry Prescott (Mark Ruffalo) lost their parents in a car crash at a very young age. After growing up in an orphanage both siblings have remained close even thought their lives have taken different paths.

Sammy at a young age, has already been married and divorced. Now a single mom living in Upstate New York, she's very overprotective of her son Rudy (Rory Culkin). Sammy works for a difficult boss Brian (Matthew Broderick) whom allows to get under her skin but she's making do in life.

When her self destructive brother Terry leaves his pregnant girlfriend, and comes asking for money, she soon finds the priorities in her life changing. She allows his to stay while he cleans up his own life. But soon she is doubting her decision and wondering if Terry is a bad influence. The two siblings struggle as Terry brings Sammy out of her shell as she helps him with a new take on life.

Awards include:

2000 - You Can Count On Me - American Film Institute - AFI's Top 10 Films of the Year
2000 - You Can Count On Me - Independent Spirit Awards - Best Screenplay
2000 - You Can Count On Me - Independent Spirit Awards - Best First Feature

Paramount Vantage
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Writer: Kenneth Lonergan
Producers: Jeff Sharp, Larry Meistrich, John Hart
I viewed 1/08

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