You Can Count On Me is a wonderful movie. I saw it for the second time while showing it to friends last night. I think they were blown away by the emotional depth and maybe a bit unsettled by the lack of closure. Anyway, I wanted to comment on your point about the priest being portrayed well. I am undecided about that. At best, I think he is portrayed as earnest and caring. But there are also scenes that highlight the fact that he has little to offer, and he comes off as rather wimpy and wishy-washy. Like when he encourages Terry to believe his life is important without having to accept God; or when he refuses to agree with Sammy that adultery is a serious sin. Remember, Sammy is trying to convince Terry the drifter that he needs an anchor in his life. Terry ends up saying that he doesn’t want to believe in something just to relieve him from feeling bad, but because it is true. Interestingly (I thought), at the end of the movie, Terry says he’s going to Alaska because it is beautiful there, and that makes him feel good.