$5 a Day (Five Dollars a Day)


$5 a Day (Five Dollars a Day)

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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 of the country, and in order to make the drive he'll need a wheelman. Enter Flynn: the son Nat never really knew. Despite the bitterness Flynn feels toward his ailing father, he eventually agrees to take the trip. Unfortunately money is tight these days, and if Nat and Flynn hope to reach their destination without coming up short, they'll have to meet the sizable challenge of living on just $5 a day.

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Audience Reviews for $5 a Day (Five Dollars a Day)

  • Jan 17, 2013
    Good film that was somehow missing a deeper emotional connections between the main characters. This movie isn't unlike, plot-wise, Big Fish in that it deals with a relationship of an estranged father and son and how the son finds it hard to trust a man who, somehow, can never be truthful or honest about anything. It deals with how that relationship is fixed as they bond throughout their trip. Yet somehow, whereas Big Fish is very emotionally powerful story about a man trying to figure out his father and who he really is, this film lacks that really important aspect that made Big Fish so great. I felt no connection to the characters and their plight, despite enjoying the film. I think Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola are, individually, good in their roles but somehow they never truly connect. It didn't feel like a real father-son relationship. Perhaps the script fails them in that regard because, again, Christopher and Alessandro are both good and the film, while not laugh out loud hilarious, provides them with some decent comedic moments. And that's about it really, it's a solid, if mildly forgettable film, that was missing a stronger emotional core.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2012
    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
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2011
    A decent indie drama, and at its centre a great performance from Walken as a father to Flynn played by Alessandro nivolo, finaly making up when the son is summond on news he is dying. the problem is, walken is a petty conman who lives his life doing it, and alledged living on 5 dollers a day, some nice touches in the film and the 2 are a great watch.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2011
    I loved the pink Sweet & Low car!
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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