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$5 a Day (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 January 2009 (USA)
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The son of a thrifty conman begrudgingly joins his father on the road.

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Nigel Cole
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Nat Parker
Alessandro Nivola ... Ritchie Flynn Parker
Sharon Stone ... Dolores Jones
Dean Cain ... Rick Carlson
Peter Coyote ... Burt Kruger
Amanda Peet ... Maggie
Luis Avalos ... Martinez
Beth Bailey ... Real Estate Lady
Marya Beauvais ... Realtor
Frank Bond ... Bar Manager
Vic Browder ... Salesman
Gregory Chase Gregory Chase ... Reporter (as Greg Chase)
Christopher Dempsey ... Tim Webber
Judith Greentree Judith Greentree ... IHOP Waitress
Christopher Hagen ... Marty
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In L.A., Flynn Parker loses his job as a health inspector when his time in prison comes to light, his girlfriend Maggie moves out because of his prevarications, and his ne'er-do-well father, Nat, summons him to Atlantic City with a tale of a malignant cancer. Flynn doesn't like Nat, a small-time hustler and the cause of Flynn's jail time, but Nat cajoles his son into a cross-country trip through family memories toward New Mexico where an experimental treatment awaits. The trip is not just about the past, but whether either can tell the truth - and then what to do with those truths. From time to time, Flynn calls Maggie to leave messages. And what about Flynn's mother? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Good Conman Doesn't Need Money See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Dollars a Day See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Sharon Stone spent three days filming, and it wasn't difficult to get her after she found out Christopher Walken was involved. See more »

Goofs

Nat Tells Richy, he is taking a picture of him beside a '63 Corvair. The 63 Corvair has a straight vertical front end. The corvair hulk they are standing by has a curved front like the 67 corvair. See more »

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Nat Parker: The fact is, I don't want you to do this. I need you to. I need to make things copacetic between us. I know I've been a terrible father. It's not a thing I can ignore. Sometimes for no particular reason, life falls off and knocks you flat. Slams you so hard against the wind, you think that all your insides are busted. But if you look for something to replace what's broken, if you're luck, you can find it.
[looks at his son]
Nat Parker: You're all I have.
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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Many Happy Returns
Written by Andy Partridge
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Worth much more than 5 bucks, a very enjoyable and tender film
29 August 2011 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Flynn Parker (Alessandro Nivola) thought he had broken free from his past. You see, his conman father, Nat (Christopher Walken) was always hustling and stretching the truth, causing a chaotic childhood. It finally resulted in Flynn taking the fall on one particular scheme and going to prison. For the past few years, Flynn has been living in the Los Angeles area and working as a health inspector. Unfortunately, the boss has just now gotten word of Flynn's criminal past and he is fired. To add insult to injury, Flynn's girlfriend, Maggie (Amanda Peet) has also moved out of their apartment, because of her boyfriend's failure to open up about his past to her. So, into this fine kettle comes word that Nat wants to see Flynn and asks him to fly to Atlantic City. Having no other job prospects at the moment, Flynn makes the journey. But, when he arrives, his dad tells him that he is dying from cancer. Not only that, he wants Flynn to drive him to Mexico for some experimental treatment and promises that it won't cost more than $5 a day in traveling expenses. This is because he has been given the use of a car, a pink beetle, with a sign for "Sweet and Low" sugar substitute. He also has a deal with Ihop for free meals and friends to stay with, like Dolores (Sharon Stone), along the way. If there aren't any pals, they can bunk in empty houses with "for sale" signs in the yard! Ha! Very reluctantly, Flynn agrees to go. At first, a reconciliation between the two men seems possible. But, can Flynn really trust that his father is telling the truth? As they journey, Flynn calls Maggie's answering machine and leaves messages that reveal more and more of the person he really is. Will they stay a couple, too? This truly enjoyable and sometimes tender film is just great for film fans looking for a change of pace. Nivola, so handsome, does a great job as the conflicted Flynn while Walken delivers another fine turn as the aging huckster. Stone's role is small but lively while Peet displays a fine sensitivity with a minimum of lines. Other cast members are good, too. As one might expect, the changing scenery across the United States is very lovely while costumes, photography, script and direction are quite up to snuff. In short, even if you must pay five bucks for a movie rental, this one has hidden treasures.


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