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With: Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Jon Tenney, Rory Culkin, Amy Ryan
Written by: Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
MPAA Rating: R for language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality
Running Time: 109
Date: 01/21/2000

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3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Where It 'Counts'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Writer Kenneth Lonergan (Analyze This) makes his directorial debut with this quiet, amazingly sharp character study of a brother and sister (whose parents died in a car crash) reuniting and clashing over their differences. Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo play the siblings with relish that only comes from a well-written role. The characterizations and storytelling is so rich it puts most movies to shame. Matthew Broderick appears in a funny supporting role as Linney's boss. Linney earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, as did Lonergan for Best Screenplay.

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