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$5 a Day (Five Dollars a Day) (2008)

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Release Date: May 15, 2008 Wide

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A terminally-ill con man and his estranged son endeavor to live on $5 a day during a cross country drive in this road trip comedy from director Nigel Cole (Saving Grace, Calendar Girls). Nat (Christopher Walken) may be a great con man, but as a father to Flynn (Alessandro Nivola) he always came up short. Informed by his doctor that he's suffering from a terminal illness, Nat learns of an experimental treatment that could offer him a second chance at life. But that's all the way on the other side

PG-13,

Comedy

Neal H. Dobrofsky, Tippi Dobrofsky

Aug 24, 2010

Capitol Films

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$5 a Day isn't perfect, but it does examine some of the issues that we have when connecting with our parents as adults.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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Dreadfully formulaic and absent a thoughtful emotional core, the picture is best valued as a forgettable trifle starring Hollywood's most enduring weirdo.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Comments (2)
DVDTalk.com

The success of the piece rests on Nivola's calm adaptability as fatherly hi-jinx tries his patience and makes its mark on his heart.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

...very amusing and agreeable...

November 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for $5 a Day (Five Dollars a Day)

Fresh, funny, warm, well-written script, great actors...what more could you want? This movie is wonderful. The whole concept behind this movie was a treat. Watching Christopher Walken "pay" for this trip across the country, without spending much (if any) money was really fun to watch. Very enjoyable Indie film.
January 20, 2011
itsjustme2004

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A surprisingly effective, unique, funny, and mostly well written indie dramedy. It features Christopher Walken at his best, he manages to be both eccentric, funny, and tragic all at once. It's formulaic in some of its plot devices, to be sure, but has enough charm to carry it through some of the weaker moments (Sharon Stone). Offbeat and enjoyable throughout.

3.5/5 Stars
February 18, 2012
Jeffrey Meyers

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Enjoyable movie that's not too deep or too light...it finds a happy medium. Funny and also endearing in a Christopher Walken sort of way.
January 11, 2011
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