Adult siblings Sammy Prescott and Terry Prescott have had a special bond with each other since they were kids when their parents were tragically killed in a car accident. That bond is why single mom Sammy, who still lives in the family home in Scottsville, upstate New York with her eight year old son Rudy, is excited to hear that Terry, who she has not seen or heard from in a while, is coming home for a visit. That excitement is dampened slightly upon Terry's arrival, when she learns that he, broke, is only there to borrow money. As adults, Sammy, who works as a lending officer in the local bank, is seen as the responsible sibling, while unfocused Terry is seen as the irresponsible drifter. Regardless, Sammy welcomes what ends up being Terry's longer than planned visit if only so that he can help take care of Rudy, who has no adult male figure in his life. Rudy has never known his deadbeat biological father, with whom Sammy wants nothing to do. As Terry - acting as the supposed adult ...Written by
The scene with Rudy walking home from school in the pouring rain was created by the local fire department spraying a hose from their highest ladder. See more »
The film is set in Scottsville, New York, which is in the far
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Interesting and engaging but lacks that extra something to make it great
17 years after their parents died in a car crash, Sammy and her brother Terry have drifted away from each other. She lives in their small hometown with her son and he is a bit of a drifter. Now he is visiting her and their personality differences lead to tension.
Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, who went on to write and direct Manchester By The Sea, You Can Count On Me is an engaging human drama, centred around the relationship between the siblings Sammy and Terry. It is reasonably interesting, especially as we see how their lives have diverged and also how we see Sammy's current life, its ebbs and flows.
However, it never gets beyond interesting. There's no great profundity or punch-line at the end and while that means it's the journey, rather than the destination, that matters, the journey isn't always compelling viewing. It really needed something more to make it special.
Laura Linney gives a superb performance as Sammy, a performance that earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Mark Ruffalo is okay as Terry. Matthew Broderick is maybe a bit miscast as the bank manager: he just didn't seem convincing, possibly overdoing the inflexibility and dourness. 10-year-old Rory Culkin (brother of Macaulay Culkin) puts in a good performance as Rudy, Sammy's son.
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