You Can Count on Me (2000)


“Well, when someone slams into us and you go sailing through the windshield, that’s liable to be uncomfortable, too. Now, put on a seat belt. ” – Terry

Number of Times Seen – 2 (18 Dec 2001 and 8 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A brother returns home to live with his sister and her young son causing upheaval in all of their lives.

My Take on it – After recently rewatching Kenneth Lonergan’s Oscar winning film Manchester By the Sea (2016) [my top film of 2016] I was intrigued to take a trip backwards and see what his other two films were like.

I saw Margaret (2011) a few weeks ago and loved it also because of Lonergan’s ability to write great characters with compelling real life storylines.

This film, was his very first and it shows us that even back then he had the amazing ability of writing characters and a story that are quite compelling in real life kind of situations and even more importantly extremely realistic.

The cast of this film is superb with both Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney giving us amazing performances as the two leads.

Matthew Broderick is great as a character so different than from we are usually used to getting from him.

The characters are extremely easy to care about because they instantly feel like people one would know from the neighborhood, as a friend or even as a family member because they feel so genuinely realistic.

Lonergan’s dialogue is superb here also, because once again, like in his other films his dialogue is subtle yet quite powerful in so many different ways.

I can’t wait to see what other gems he has in store for us in the future…

Bottom Line – Great first film from Lonergan which shows his ability to write such great characters in real life situations which he continued to do.  Great cast led by Ruffalo and Linney with Broderick doing a fine job against type.  It’s so easy to care about these characters because they all feel so genuine and could be our neighbor, friend or even a relative.  The dialogue is nice and subtle and is also proof of Lonergan’s genius in storytelling.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Matthew Broderick, a friend of writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s, was the first actor cast in this movie. He visited Lonergan at his apartment, read the part of Brian and asked if he could audition for it. Lonergan then told him the part was already his. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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