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$5 a Day (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 January 2009 (USA)
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The son of a thrifty conman begrudgingly joins his father on the road.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Real Estate Lady
Bar Manager
Gregory Chase ...
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Judith Greentree ...
IHOP Waitress


In L.A., Flynn Parker loses his job as a health inspector when his time in prison comes to light, his girlfriend Maggie moves out because of his prevarications, and his ne'er-do-well father, Nat, summons him to Atlantic City with a tale of a malignant cancer. Flynn doesn't like Nat, a small-time hustler and the cause of Flynn's jail time, but Nat cajoles his son into a cross-country trip through family memories toward New Mexico where an experimental treatment awaits. The trip is not just about the past, but whether either can tell the truth - and then what to do with those truths. From time to time, Flynn calls Maggie to leave messages. And what about Flynn's mother? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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Marcus Foster, a young 19-year-old English singer/songwriter, did one of the songs in the film, and he doesn't even have a record contract. See more »


While the characters were stopped in Altoona, PA, they stopped to eat at an Ihop . There is not an Ihop in Altoona, there never has been. See more »


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Father&Son grifters hit the road ............
30 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola are Father and Son scheming and scamming their way from New Jersey to New Mexico. Much like "House of Games" and "The Grifters", this road odyssey plays like a house of mirrors. In other words, very little is exactly as it seems. Walken is estranged from his son because his irresponsibility landed Nivola in jail. Together they mend fences, while still working the angles along the road. Rarely have two characters been so unsympathetic, and yet somewhat sympathetic at the same time. If you enjoy road movies about rebuilding relationships, "$5 a Day" just might work for you. I know I enjoyed the ride. - MERK

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