$5 a Day [Blu-ray]
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Item Type: BLU-RAY DVD Movie
Item Rating: PG13
Street Date: 08/24/10
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: no
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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.