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4.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00003CXQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,770 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

A single mother still living in the house she grew up in struggles to deal with her drifter brother when he comes home for a visit.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 2-MAY-2006
Media Type: DVD

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I'm sorry if the header is cruel, but I sat through this film twice just to see what I was missing. I still didn't find what all the praise was about. This is a well-meaning film that is well-written and well-acted to show ordinary people with ordinary situations they have to cope with in their lives. But that's the problem. Everything is too ordinary.
The main story is about what happens when a grown-up brother and sister are reunited after a lack of communication for awhile. He is somewhat of a drifter, and she is a single mom who works at a bank. The bond they share is that their parents were killed when they were young, and they've depended on each other for mutual support for many years. When the brother returns, she has to make a decision on whether it is a good or bad influence on the son. Complicating matters are the identity of the father of the child, the current dull boyfriend, and a new boss so finicky he needs standard computer screen colors for his entire staff.
I'm looking at these events compared to those of my own life. I have four children, and it seems like every week we have some kind of crisis that makes anything that happens in the movie seem tame. I mean, her brother takes the kid out to a pool hall. Maybe if he were turning the kid on to the pot he smokes in the movie it would be a big thing, but I find myself saying that this woman has no problems.
While the portrayal of her new boss is dead-on accurate, I myself has a boss that makes this one look like Jim Belushi. I live with my situation, and once again, I'm trying to find out what the problem is here. For the record, I'm not having an affair with my boss, and I guess showing her having her affair is to show her as a flawed, human character.
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A small movie set in a small town delivers various big elements including top-notch performances from its two leads, extremely effective character development all around and a poignant message dipped with the importance of love, family, relationships and spirituality. This is obviously not a typical Hollywood picture and surely not for everyone, but definitely one to see for anyone who appreciates superior character studies, feels confused, overwhelmed or bored about their own life, and is curious about the familial foundation which supports this entire movie. This isn't a very upbeat film. It does contain a handful of lighter moments, but is basically a movie that feels sort of somber all the way through but doesn't ever really get boring. The force of the writing is the main reason for that, with the superior performances set forth by all, straddling in as a close second. Major kudos go out to Mark Ruffalo, who completely inhabits his role as the loose younger brother with the knack for getting into trouble, as well as Laura Linney, playing the full role of mother, sister, lover and employee to a tee. The excellent rapport between the two leads also makes you glad to be spending some time with them
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This is really a nice little film. It is probably just the type of good film you'd see at an independent film festival, like Sundance. In other words, it is a good example of the sort of quality film American audiences usually ignore while they lament the lack of such films. It is a pity, but then again, true film buffs will always find a way to discover these film for their true value. Basically, this is a movie about a long-absent brother who returns to his sister's home, where she lives with her son, and the family drama that ensues thereafter. Nothing mind-blowing, no special effects, just good and honest acting at its finest. Laura Linney is just so incredibly good in this movie, I don't know why she didn't win the Best Actress Oscar (at least she was nominated). She really created a believable (wonderful yet flawed) character. Matthew Broderick adds a slice of sly humor as her weasly boss.
The DVD itself is nicely done, no thrills or frills but competently done. If you like such films as "Ruby in Paradise" (Ashley Judd's first starring role and by far her best performance), "Ulee's Gold" (Peter Fonda's best performance in ages), "The Straight Story" (a G-rated David Lynch film, what will he think of next, but it is a masterpiece of FAMILY entertainment), "The Horse Whisperer" (Scarlett Johansson was so good in this film as the emotionally-scarred girl that the Academy Awards really dropped the ball when she wasn't nominated!), or "The Sweet Hereafter" (Atom Etoyan's masterpiece about loss), you will enjoy this film just fine! Give it a try! Or give any of the other films a try, too, as they are all (guaranteed!) far superior to whatever latest Hollywood special effects mishmash is bombarding the movie theaters today.
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I don't exactly get to see every movie that comes out in theatres, so I'm probably making an inappropiately definitive statement with my title. But "You Can Count on Me" is such a beautiful movie that its hard to think of more than a few films that are in its league. It is very simple--a brother returns home to his sister's house in upstate New York, where she lives with her 8-year old son. The movie follows their relationship from there. Obviously, this was an independent film--I believe it premiered at Sundance. There is no violence in the movie, and very little profanity (the R rating is ridiculous--Valenti must drink some of his homemade magic brew before he and the MPAA sit down and rate these things). It is about people. There isn't a lot of plot, a relief in a glut of blockbusters in which every single line of dialogue is used to advance the story, and where we never develop more than a half-hearted connection with the people in it.
I'm stomping on pounded baseball dirt with that comment, I know. But this film really enhances the power of movies to depict real-life people and follow their various crises and situations. The main characters--the sister looks like Jim Carrey's fake wife from "The Truman Show" and the brother looks like that dude from "The Last Castle"(sorry--Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo)--are complex, with flaws and weaknesses. The brother occasionally smokes drugs, and isn't exactly free from the clingy dusts of prison walls, if you know what I mean. The sister has an affair with her married boss, played by Matthew Broderick, the most recognizable actor in the whole thing (if you discount Rory Culkin, who some people may think is Macauly Culkin unaged, like Jonathan Lipnicki).
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