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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Walken/Stone/Peet/Coyote ~ 5 A Day

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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Ritchie Flynn (Alessandro Nivola) gets fired from his job about the same time his girlfriend (Amanda Peet) leaves him. His dad Nat, (Christopher Walken), in Atlantic City writes him and claims he is dying from a brain tumor and needs his help to go to New Mexico for experimental treatment. Nat is a con artist who manages to get by using the free offers and give-aways that corporations come up with. Nat has a route planned where they can stay for free at various locations, as well as eat free at Howard Johnson's and get free gas from Chevron while driving a pink PT Cruiser with "Sweet and Low" on it. Talk about the ultimate coupon-er.

The drive allows father and son to bond. During the trip Ritchie calls his ex-girlfriend to give her his pathetic bio, except she never picks up the phone. The scene on the cover with Sharon Stone in the car with the two of them, never happens and is just a cover shot. Sharon Stone plays a bit part as Ritchie's former babysitter, now a scamming cougar. The movie goes along very pleasant, only to end with a scam I found beneath both Nat and Ritchie and a bit anti-climatic.

"The Brothers Bloom" is a far superior con artist movie.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Walken is hilarious in another fine flim-flam film Sept. 8 2010
By K. Swanson - Published on
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. It's a sweet little comedy, and even the oddly orange Sharon Stone is quite funny in it; I have a strong feeling this will be a real cult classic as the years roll by.

If you like Walken, have any charmingly roguish family members, or just love to crack up, $5 A Day will keep you laughing until its bittersweet end.

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
$5 A Day Sept. 7 2010
By Carlos E. Velasquez - Published on
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. It is also tender and touching, with awesome photography by Peter Donahue. The film also stars Peter Coyote and Dean Cain. The DVD includes director and cast interviews and more. (USA, 2008, color, 98 min plus additional materials). Image Entertainment.

Exclusively reviewed by Eric Gonzalez for [...] on September 6, 2010.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One Of The Best Road Trip Movies... March 11 2011
By MadMacs - Published on
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining Movie Feb. 28 2011
By Nev Okyay - Published on
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable Aug. 21 2011
By Jet Cetera - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For Christopher Walken and Peter Coyote fans, this is pretty much guaranteed to be enjoyable. Walken still has a thoroughly compelling screen presence and owns every scene. But the entire cast is solid, the writing is tight, the cinematography and direction provide a nonstop visual oasis, and perhaps all of this tends to underscore that the screenplay itself is not deep. Far from it, the storyline is very surface but yet contains enough twists and turns that the audience is subtly reminded that people's motives, good and bad, can be very mysterious indeed.

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