You Can Count On Me
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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
Release Date: 2-MAY-2006
Media Type: DVD
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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.Read more ›
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.
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).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a truly wonderful movie that any mature adult who has struggled with complicated life situations can appreciate. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by Matt Davis
This is simply one of the best written and acted films I've ever seen. Mark Ruffalo, Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick, and Jon Tenney, who plays Linney's erstwhile boyfriend Bob,... Read morePublished on July 19 2002
This movie is a movie about 30 year olds with a three year old mentality. I take that back. They
are amoeba, moving about seeking pleasure, food and sex. Read more
This is a movie about human relationships. It is well written. Well acted. Well made. It is the sort of film that would have been much less exceptional had it come out in the... Read morePublished on March 27 2002 by Peter Shilpot Freeman
We have become so used to the loud, high tech movies that Hollywood cranks out these days that when a quiet, gentle, story-driven movie like You Can Count on Me comes along, we... Read morePublished on March 15 2002 by Matthew Horner
If there is one thing that is striking about this film it is the sheer believability of it. This is an extremely human story stripped down to everyday realities in the lives of... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2002
Largely a science fiction and/or action and/or blockbuster comedy person, I still read the newspaper reviews on YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, a small film from Paramount Classics that was... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2002 by Edward L Zimmerman
This film relates to average life in many ways. From the family screw-up who wants to leave the small town, the single mother who worries about everyone but herself, and the weasly... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by Lisa Marie Engelken