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$5 a Day

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Christopher Walken is hilarious as Nat, an eccentric con-artist and deadbeat dad dying to reconnect with his troubled son, Flynn (Alessandro Nivola, The Eye, Laurel Canyon). Diagnosed with a terminal illness, Nat shanghais his reluctant son into driving him cross-country for experimental medical treatment. Low on cash, they pull off increasingly ridiculous and embarrassing schemes along the way to reach their destination spending only $5 a day. Boasting a star-packed cast that includes Sharon Stone, Amanda Peet and Dean Cain, $5 A DAY is an irresistibly fresh and charming comedy about letting go of the past and choosing your own road.

The terrific cast of $5 a Day lifts it above your average road-trip/buddy-movie/long-lost-dad-resurfaces film. And what a cast: Christopher Walken is stellar as Nat, a con artist who shows up in his grown son's life after years on the lam--for mysterious reasons. The hunky Alessandro Nivola plays his son, Ritchie, who is suspicious (perhaps rightly) of his long-lost dad's sudden reappearance and his plan for a crazed road trip. Other standouts include Sharon Stone, a vixen from Nat's past, as well as Peter Coyote (who lends $5 a Day some much-needed gravitas), Amanda Peet, and Dean Cain. The plot is thin, but the ride is a blast--watch how Nat finagles free or next-to-free food, accommodations, and laundry facilities on the mysterious trip he takes Ritchie on. (In fact, the product placement in the film is so prominent that one suspects $5 a Day could also have been the film's production budget.) As $5 a Day winds along its crazy itinerary, the laughs are plentiful, but there's pathos lurking in the background, and soon Ritchie learns the real reason Nat has come to find him. The talents of the actors--especially Walken and Stone--balancing slapstick laughs with grownup heartbreak are well worth any price. --A.T. Hurley

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    • Actors: Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Sharon Stone, Dean Cain, Peter Coyote
    • Directors: Nigel Cole
    • Writers: Neal H. Dobrofsky, Tippi Dobrofsky
    • Producers: Carol Baum, David Bergstein, Jane Goldenring, Jeff G. Waxman, Kia Jam
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Image Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
    • Run Time: 98 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B002TZS57E
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "$5 a Day" on IMDb

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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2010
    Format: DVD
    I was surprised to see this at the local rental barn; I love Walken and had never heard of it. How can anything with him as the comedic star be shelved like this was? Chris has it all as an actor as well as a comic presence: tight timing, wryness to spare, and an endless reservoir of sly looks and moves. Not many actors have a resume with films like Pennies From Heaven, The Deer Hunter, King Of New York, Catch Me If You Can (another fine flim-flam film (say that three times fast)) and $5 A Day, to name but a few of Walken's best.

    Not to mention his many classic skits on SNL (The Continental!), where his dancing and comedic skills finally gained the huge audience they deserve. This film is no exception; it's light on the hoofing but heavy on the laughs, mainly from Walken. The script has some fine moments as do the other actors, but 5AD is all Walken's, and he's fully up to the task. He easily controls every single scene he's in; you can't take your eyes off him---the sign of a true star---and he delivers the laughs here by milking every line for all it's worth with his trademark off-beat pauses. The guy knows how to use his eyes and voice to focus our thoughts exactly where he wants them, then bang! Yet another crisp bit of humor.

    He makes a perfect con man here; Nat is charmingly duplicitous, and his never-ending schemes are rarely mean or uncouth...just slippery as an eel. He sucks everybody into his weird wake, and his son Ritchie has trouble holding the many grudges he has every right to. Walken makes Nat so likable that you end up cheering him on and cracking up every time he pulls another fast one. The only question for me here is why this took two years to come out on dvd, and got such limited release in theaters.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carlos E. Velasquez on September 7, 2010
    Format: DVD
    For some reason, Christopher Walken attracts people. His acting style is unique and his physical presence on screen is just magnetic. He is one of the very few actors who happens to be good in both dramas and comedies. So, when I learned that he was part of the film "$5 a Day," I couldn't wait. And I have to say this movie doesn't disappoint - it is smart and funny, a total delight, with Walken being responsible for much of it.

    Directed by Nigel Cole, who also helmed the wonderful "Calendar Girls" (2003), this picture has been referred by some as a road movie, which may be the case. Walken stars as Nat Parker, a good-natured and hearted drifter, con artist, scam operator - he likes everything for free, provided he can get away with it --, who learns that he has a brain tumor and is about to die. He contacts Ritchie Flynn (Alessandro Nivola), his only son, and asks him to take him to New Mexico for a new, free treatment. Problem is, Ritchie has problems of his own, including an imminent divorce from his wife Maggie (Amanda Peet), and being fired from his job as a Health Inspector. Needless to say, he was also recently released from jail. As you can imagine, growing up with Nat, he inherited some of his "talents." Ritchie accepts against his will, and they travel by car from New Jersey to New Mexico, making stops in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Along the way, as expected, many things happen - some hilarious --, which make Ritchie learn more about his father. Along the way, too, they visit Dolores Jones (the very sexy Sharon Stone), who happened to be Ritchie's baby-sitter, and with whom Ritchie had a crush as a kid. This is pure gold.

    "$5 a Day" feels fresh and it makes you feel good.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MadMacs on March 11, 2011
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    One of the best and most poignant road trip films I've ever seen.

    Christopher Walken, who has the reputation for being the "scariest man in the movies", has really taken the last decade to smooth out that resumé with fun quirky comedies. And it's in this field of endeavor that he really shines.

    The saying is that any actor can do drama, but only a select few can do comedy - the man has proven he can do both. And, as it happens, he executes both in this excellent indie film. Proving in my mind, and without a doubt, that he's one of the finest actors to have graced the silver screen.

    Walken delivers a sublime performance as Nat Parker, a small-time grifter out to finish the game with a winning hand while simultaneously attempting to repair the rift between himself and his estranged son.

    And in a small but singularly delicious role, Sharon Stone portrays Dolores, a sun-hued seductress and lifelong friend who helps him settle the score with an old nemesis.

    I'm a huge fan of road trip flicks - since that confined crucible often creates the most endearing characters seen in films. If you enjoyed "Little Miss Sunshine" or "Roadside Prophets" you won't be disappointed with this indie.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nev Okyay on February 28, 2011
    Format: DVD
    This movie is about trust. What would you do if you can't trust the closest
    person in your life, in this case your father? In that light, it is a sad

    But going through life half the time lying creates difficulties and
    funny situations. Christopher Walkin is great in this movie, he is the
    father. Alessandro Nivola is new to me, I haven't seen him in any other
    movie before, he is the son. I thought his acting was great! The situations
    that they get into are of course unrealistic, but very funny.

    I am giving 4 star for this movie, I liked it. I hope you like it too.
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