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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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One of our favorite Christopher Walken films. It is a funny, silly, and outrageous road trip film!Published 4 months ago by El Bee
Great movie. Don't pay for HD version as it doesn't deliver at that high of quality.Published 9 months ago by William E. Otto
Stupid!! Bad acting. Not really a story line. I thought Walken did a really bad acting. He did better in Peter PanPublished 9 months ago by Miss Peg
Very good film with really nice performances. Chris, Aless, Mandy and Sharon, all of them at their finest.Published 17 months ago by Rogelio Perez Ponce
Very good movie about a father and son reuniting. Christopher Walken is always great at playing a wacky character.Published 21 months ago by J. Byrd
EXCELLENT MOVIE!!! CHRISTOPHER WALKEN IS A FANTASTIC VERY TALENTED ACTOR!!!! HE IS MY VERY FAVORITE ACTOR!!! I LOVE HIM TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!Published on July 3, 2014 by RENNEA ESPOSITO BURGESS
Well acted and surprisingly good film. Title should have been better conceived and maybe more people would have been interested in it. Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by Judith G. Marlow
For me, after seeing it five years ago became a "must own movie." Christopher Walken can't go wrong. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Guru Revuer