You Can Count On Me

Synopsis: Adult siblings Sammy Prescott and Terry Prescott have had a special bond with each other since they were kids when their parents were tragically killed in a car accident. That bond is why single mom Sammy, who still lives in the family home in Scottsville, upstate New York with her eight year old son Rudy, is excited to hear that Terry, who she has not seen or heard from in a while, is coming home for a visit. That excitement is dampened slightly upon Terry's arrival, when she learns that he, broke, is only there to borrow money. As adults, Sammy, who works as a lending officer in the local bank, is seen as the responsible sibling, while unfocused Terry is seen as the irresponsible drifter. Regardless, Sammy welcomes what ends up being Terry's longer than planned visit if only so that he can help take care of Rudy, who has no adult male figure in his life. Rudy has never known his deadbeat biological father, with whom Sammy wants nothing to do. As Terry - acting as the supposed adult m
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Kenneth Lonergan
Production: TSG Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 41 nominations.
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111 min

Why do they always put braces on teenage girls

at the exact moment when they're most

self-conscious about their appearance?

I don't know


I see him

Tom! Jesus!


Hello, Amy

Hi, Darryl

Amy, would you tell the kids you'll be right back

And, shut the door and step outside...

talk to us for a minute


Be right back, you guys!

You're not supposed to go out, Amy

She's going to smoke a cigarette

Rudy, come on, I'm really late! Come on

How was school?


Why do you say that?

We're supposed to write a story

for English homework. But they didn't tell us

what it's supposed to be about

What do you mean?

I mean, they didn't tell us what it's supposed

to be about. They said do whatever you want

Well, what's wrong with that?

I don't know, I just think it's unstructured

Well I'm sure you'll think of something

If you can't, I'll help you

Okay, here... Don't forget your backpack

It's not a backpack, it's a knapsack

Then don't forget the knapsack

Hey, Give me a hug. Okay

Guess who's been asking for you?

Oh no, really? Is that his car?

Oh yeah

Yeah, come in

Mister Everett

Oh yeah, Brian

Brian, hi. I'm Samantha Ann Prescott

I'm the lending officer

Yeah, hi. Hi. How are you. Have a seat

I am so sorry I was late

Yeah, we missed you before...

I got held up...

Believe me, it's nothing I make a habit of

I'm sure it's not

Actually, would you get that door for me, please

So I always run out at 3:15 to meet him...

then run real quick over to the sitters house

Anyway, Larry never seemed

to mind about it, so I was...

just hoping you'd feel the same way about it too

Well, Samantha, I realize that Scotsville...

is not exactly a major banking center

No, it's not

No, I know it's not

But it's kind of a personal challenge to me to see

what we can do to bring local service up to

the kinds of standards that we'd try to meet

if we were the biggest branch in the state

Now, that means I don't want anybody

running out at 3:15 or 3:30 or whenever

the bus happens to come in that day

So is there anybody else who can

pick up your son after school?

Does your husband work in the area?

Ahh, no. Rudy Sr. Isn't on the scene

so to speak

Well, I can give you a few days

to make some other arrangements. But...

Well, Brian...

I understand what you're saying

and I think it's great. I do

Because there's a lot of things around here

that could use some attention. Believe me

But I've been meeting this bus

every day for 3 years now

And it really does, it takes 15 minutes

And if I take the time out of my lunch hour...

Well, I'd prefer if you would

make some other arrangements, Okay?

I'll do my best

So, how old's your son?

He's eight

That's a terrific age

You got a letter from Uncle Terry


What room is he going to stay in?

He can stay in the little room

You know what, he's not going to live here

He's only coming here, to stay for a little while

And it's okay if you don't remember

him because

you were only six the last time he was here

But I think it'll be nice

if you got a chance to know each other

Don't you think?

Rudy, would it distract you

if I put on some music?


Did you think of a story?


What's it about?

My father

What... What about your father?

It's just a made-up story about him

Can I read it when you're done?

It's not very good

Don't say that

Anyway, Bob, it's kind of this adventure story

Rudy's father is a secret agent...

or something, working for the government

And it made me feel kinda weird. Because

I've never said much to him about Rudy Sr

Because I don't know what to say

And I don't know if I should just let him...

imagine what he wants to imagine

Of if I should sit him down sometime

and you know, tell him...

that his father's not such a nice person

Well I don't know, Sammy

what have you told him already

Not much. He knows...

He knows I don't have the highest opinion

of him

He knows I don't want to see him

That I don't want to know anything about him

Or to have anything to do with him

But I've tired to keep it kinda neutral

Well anyway, I could go

into a lot more detail, believe me

It's an interesting problem

I don't really know what to tell you

It's a little outside my personal field of experti


I'd be glad to give it some thought



No, nothing, I'm just glad to see you

I'm glad you called me

I bet you were surprised

Yeah, a little

I should get going


Yeah, I've got the babysitter

But, thanks for a lovely evening

Oh, thank you


Hey, Terry

Where'd you get that hat?

Got it on the street for a dollar

It's nice

Well it's pretty much your standard woolen hat

I had a very similar reaction to it

Umm... Umm...

Can I get that money from you?

Yeah, sorry

That all you have?


Can you borrow some more from your brother?

That would involve speaking to him

Well I'm definitely gonna be gone

for a couple of days, Sheila

Why do you have to stay for so long?

Because my sister's not a bank, okay?

I can't just show up...

You think my brother's a bank!

Can we just cut the puerile crap!

I'll be back as soon as I can, okay!

I'm not the kind of guy everyone says I am

I know you're not

Okay, ahh... l'll call you tonight

Don't you want to tell me that you love me?

I love you

That was really convincing

Well, after this is over I think you should

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Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan (born October 16, 1962) is an American film director, playwright, and screenwriter. He is best known for co-writing Gangs of New York (2002), and for writing and directing You Can Count On Me (2000), Margaret (2011), and Manchester by the Sea (2016). Lonergan earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director for Manchester by the Sea, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for You Can Count On Me, Gangs of New York, and Manchester by the Sea, winning for the latter at the 89th Academy Awards. He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea at the 70th British Academy Film Awards. more…

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