Troy Patterson
June 29, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

You Can Count on Me

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
109 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/17/00
performer
Matthew Broderick, Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin, Jon Tenney
director
Kenneth Lonergan
Producers
Hart Sharp Productions, Shooting Gallery
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Kenneth Lonergan
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

In the directorial debut of playwright Kenneth Lonergan, Linney, and Ruffalo — each a charismatic ace — play brother and sister, a pair of disconnected small-towners who, as Linney puts it sidewise to a priest, ”just can’t quite get ahold of themselves.” He’s a dope-smoking drifter; she’s out of control in a neurotic middle-class way — a single mom unsettled by the prospect of settling down and instead entangled with her bank-manager boss (Matthew Broderick, at his most compellingly twerpy). The story of their relationship is an intimate, intricate marvel about ties and disconnections.

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