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Released Runtime Category
2000 110 Drama
Director Language
Kenneth Lonergan English
Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin, Matthew Broderick

You Can Count on Me

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What's it About

Scarred by the loss of their parents in a car accident years before, Sammy and Terry Prescott (Linney and Ruffalo) have pursued different paths in life. She's settled into domestic life as a single mother in upstate New York, while he leads a peripatetic, troubled existence on the road. After a two-year absence, Terry visits and asks to borrow money — his girlfriend is pregnant. He then lingers around, bonding with Sammy's 8-year-old son, Rudy (Culkin).

Why we love it

This powerful, fascinating film examines how two very different siblings cope with a single, life-changing tragedy, and how this event affects their own interactions. Written and directed by Lonergan (who also plays a priest), "Count" depicts this complex relationship with a nuanced mix of humor and heartbreak. Linney received an Oscar nod for her portrayal of Sammy, but it's Ruffalo's intense performance as the younger sibling that really stands out. Don't miss this uncommonly wise and human story about those family ties that bind us all.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"