$9.99

2008

$9.99 (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Its storyline isn't as wondrous as its visuals, but $9.99 has a sophistication and handmade charm that sets it apart from the animated pack.

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Have you ever wondered "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?" The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach. You'll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain, in easy to follow, simple terms your reason for being. The booklet, printed on the finest paper, contains illuminating, exquisite color pictures, and could be yours for a mere $9.99. This is the ad that alters the life of the unemployed 28-year-old who still lives at home, Dave Peck. In his struggle to share his find with the world, Dave's surreal path crosses with those of his unusual neighbors: an old man and his disgruntled guardian angel, a magician in debt, a bewitching woman who likes her men extra smooth, a broken hearted man who befriends a group of hard partying two inch tall students, and a little boy who sets his piggy bank free. Their stories are woven together, examining the post-modern meaning of hope.

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Critic Reviews for $9.99

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (24)

A deliberately coarse character style that's more Gumby than Gromit.

Dec 16, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
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A small gem of an animated film, $9.99 manages to be rich in whimsy and fantastical turns while still rooted in human ground.

Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
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It has been a good year for animation that pushes thematic and visual boundaries.

Aug 7, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5

$9.99 may not be entirely successful from a dramatic perspective, and it certainly offers little enlightenment about the meaning of life. But the film is so intriguing in other ways that it's definitely worth a look.

Aug 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The conclusion is cheerful -- rather than strain for answers, we should just experience the joy of the moment -- but the road to that resolution is jarring.

Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Using the medium of Wallace and Gromit and Gumby, Israeli filmmaker Tatia Rosenthal turns her clay figures into real people in $9.99, a wise, wistful study of hope and dread.

Jul 30, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for $9.99

There's no answer in the title's advertised book (doh!) ... rather its allowing the joy inherent in any moment to have its say, as some characters herein discover in this quirky and different stop-action animation feature. If you're in the mood, this'll do it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Okay type.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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½

In "$9.99," Jim Peck has just had a horrible start to his day, first by not being able to hail a cab and then a disturbing encounter with a homeless man. His grown son Dave is unemployed and has just had a bad interview for a telemarketing job.(I agree with Camille that it is a lousy job, having personal experience in the field of telephone surveys.) So, Jim urges Dave to follow his brother into the lucrative repossessing business. "$9.99" is an engagingly offbeat stop-motion animated film that is intended for more mature audiences. It is not only the sex and language that warrant this caution but also the themes centered around loneliness.(The movie reinforces my theory that people who talk the most turn out to be the loneliest.) The Pecks are not the only household in the film missing a woman, either through death or a vanishing act, leading to melancholy for all. To escape the loneliness, it sometimes comes down to the crazy things we do for love. Otherwise, the characters go through the motions of their lives until either something very good or very bad happens and then the pattern repeats.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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The lives of the residents of a Sydney apartment---including a surly angel, three miniature surfer dudes looking for a constant party, and an aimless young man who buys a book promising to give him the meaning of life for the bargain price of $9.99---are explored in a series of interlinked stories, most with an absurdist edge. The claymation is really not very good; the characters show little in the way of facial expressions, making you wonder if it might have worked better as a live-action piece. The story is too weird for those looking for a straight drama, and too literary to become a cult item.

Greg S
Greg S

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