Quick-Thoughts: Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me (2000)

I’m happy from now on referring to Kenneth Lonergan as that guy who makes “premium” lifetime dramas by restricting sensationalist revelations with rather believable performances and a constant sense of uncertainty that the characters experience when interpreting their ordinary yet controversial situations, which admirably sticks true to reality. It ultimately makes up for him being such a torpid compositor when it comes to everything else about You Can Count on Me, which again, hinders back to that feeling of a movie presenting itself as just some cheap, quick-cut TV special despite its dash of maturity found within the script and cast.

But yeah, I like Lonergan’s theory that we often desire some sort of discipline in our lives when we feel as if we’re getting away with unconditional contentment, almost as if this yearn to learn why such has happened is what keeps us wanting to move on and on in the first place. Curiosity overrules. 

Verdict: B-

“You Can Count on Me” is now available to stream on HBO Max.

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