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You can count on me

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The return of wild brother, Terry (Mark Ruffalo), is an unwelcome surprise to Sammy (Laura Linney), a young mother who is starting to cheat on her fiancé, Bob (Jon Tenney), with her boss, Brian (Matthew Broderick).

Also starring Rory Culkin as Rudy, J Smith-Cameron as Mabel, Gaby Hoffmann as Sheila, Amy Ryan as Mrs Prescott, Michael Countryman as Mr Prescott, Adam Lefevre as Sheriff Darryl, Halley Feiffer as Amy, Peter Kerwin as young Terry, Whitney Vance as young Sammy, Betsy Aidem as the Minister, Lisa Altomare as the waitress, Ken Lonergan as Ron, Nina Garbiras as Nancy, Richard Hummer as Plumber, Josh Lucas as Rudy Senior and Kim Parker as Rudy Senior's Girlfriend. Written and directed by Ken Lonergan.

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Theatrical report

You can't count on anyone but yourself and even you aren't that trustworthy.

You can count on me is a slow drama about people with problems who are trying to get through life but are surrounded by people with problems who keep dragging them down. They aren't so damaged as to need incarceration but they sure as hell do need help.

There's not much point to the lives of the characters: they're lost souls drifting around, fulfilling the American dream of home, work and family as best they can. They are nothing more than cogs in the machine and will never be more than that. They are little people with little lives. The only vaguely interesting person is Terry, a doped up loser with arrested development, anger management issues and a wanderlust the size of a continent. He stirs things up in Smallville, USA, just by being around, but even he can't shift anyone from their comfy little ruts.

If you want to see a sad film about people with no life and no idea about life then You can count on me is ok. Not great, but ok.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language, medium level sex scenes, low level violence)

Surveillance time

110 minutes (1:50 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 15 June 2001 - Sydney Film Festival
Film: 18 June 2001 - Sydney Film Festival
Film: 5 July 2001 - Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Film: Undated August 2001 - Adelaide
VHS rental: 23 November 2001
DVD retail: 10 May 2002
VHS retail: 10 May 2002

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