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You Can Count On Me [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,704 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
This is a tautly directed family drama with superlative performances by an outstanding ensemble cast. Laura Tinney gives a strong, well nuanced performance as Sammy, the put upon single parent of an eight year old boy. Jon Tenney gives a compelling portrayal as Tinney's stalwart, though dull, suitor. Matthew Broderick is terrific as Tinney's officious, insecure new boss with whom she ends up having a passionate affair. Mark Ruffalo gives an amazing performance as Sammy's sensitive, errant brother, Terry, who tosses a monkey wrench into his sister's seemingly well ordered life, throwing it into total chaos. Rory Culkin is wonderful as Tinney's quiet little boy, who believes his long missing father to be much more that he actually is.
The story takes place in a rural locale. The opening scene shows a car accident in which a man and a woman are killed. The next scene shows a law enforcement officer breaking the news of their deaths to a young girl who is babysitting her younger brother. The movie now goes forward in time. The brother, Terry, now grown, is returning home after a long sojourn away. Home is where Sammy, his sister, lives with her eight year old son. She lives in their childhood home. Sammy and Terry have their reunion, but it is not the one that they each dreamt of having.
What happens to them, when Terry comes home, is a rich tapestry of human emotions, which is deftly woven into a complex family drama. This character driven film is compelling, keeping the viewer fully absorbed, as the story unfolds. Well nuanced, memorable performances provide the icing on the cake. This movie was a veritable surprise and a most enjoyable one, at that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 July 2006
Format: DVD
This is a truly great film about siblings from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan.

Brother and sister Samantha "Sammy" (Laura Linney) and Terry Prescott (Mark Ruffalo) are orphaned when very young and form a very close relationship.

We meet them in their thirties by when Sammy has been through a disastrous marriage and is bringing up her eight year old son Rudy (fine child actor performance from Rory Culkin). An up tight woman she shies away from genuine relationships but finds release in a casual affair with her manager at the bank, then is driven by guilt to confess to the minister of her church and is disappointed when he does not condemn her.

Terry is her opposite, a drifter that gets into trouble and spent some time in jail for violence, nevertheless he is a caring person that is always short of money. He believes Terry is stifling her son's development and this conflict between Sammy's extremely cautious upbringing of her son and Terry's belief in excessive freedom is a key element in the film.

A wonderfully written, directed and acted film (one can believe Ruffalo when he says in an interview "we became brother and sister during the shooting of the film"), also a great mixture of classical and country music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. G. Bullock on 9 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
Buried in this film's generally tranquil progress are episodes of humour which are more effective for being understated. Sammy's manager is the very model of a modern young manager who wants to make a mark at the very rural branch of his bank. He is always polite to the point of absurdity but still makes no concessions to the fact that Sammy is a single mother and has to pick up her son from school. She is repeatedly hauled into his office, on one occasion to be instructed to tell everyone to get rid of their customised colour schemes on their computer screens, which he considers garish and "inappropriate" for a bank. Sammy becomes increasingly angry at his pettifogging attitude and lack of care for his staff, especially herself. Despite the fact that his unpleasant wife is pregnant, Sammy seduces him. Normally Sammy is the slightly fraught junior executive or even more fraught mother and sister but here uses her unexpected sexual powers to neuter him - in a metaphorical sense.

When Sammy gets increasingly despondent about her brother's behaviour in regard to her son, she thinks it is time to get the priest in. Terry is confronted at their house, without warning, by the priest with Sammy in close support. The absurdity of this situation is amplified by the 'theological' discussion that then follows. Terry is an atheist but the priest is a modern sort of chap and takes up positions which eventually strip Christianity out of what is said. Giving Terry all this rope does not make the priest's mission any more effective.

Sammy also visits the priest to confess her adultery with her boss. He refuses to declare it a sin, much to Sammy's consternation. She wanted to be declared a sinner and then be given the means to extirpate it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Belle76 on 10 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
I was moved by this sincere glimpse of the love and psychological complexities of a brother and a sister who cherish each other fully, yet view, confront, and live their life choices quite differently.

All the actors do a great job in sketching the emotions, discernments, and frustrations in this particular story. The music enhances the depth and richness of both the narrative and the actors' performances.

Anyone who is in an multi-layered, stormy, and loving brother/sister pairing will feel very much engaged with this film.
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