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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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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 <>

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




Release Date:

11 January 2009 (USA)  »

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During the 8 weeks of preproduction, they tried many others, before Sweet'N'Low finally agreed. But they didn't benefit otherwise from product placement. See more »


When Nat and Ritchie start out on their trip Nat makes Ritchie pull over quickly to get a hair cut. In the background you can see a toll booth. Later in the film you can see them swerve off the freeway with the same toll booth in the background. See more »


References The Great Escape (1963) See more »


Written by Gary Kemp
Performed by Spandau Ballet
Reformation Publishing Co. Ltd. (BMI
Licensed Courtesy of EMI Capital Records Inc.
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only Christopher Walken here
8 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Flynn Parker (Alessandro Nivola) is a corrupt health inspector who loses his job for not disclosing his criminal past. His girlfriend Maggie (Amanda Peet) moves out for keeping too many secrets. His con artist father Nat (Christopher Walken) tells him he's dying of cancer, and they go on a cross-country trip to New Mexico for an experimental treatment. Nat is proud of living on no more than $5 a day.

There isn't any real tension in this. I can't really understand why Flynn would go on the trip. He must be thinking his father is lying. It's completely out of character that Nivola has already laid out for Flynn. It seems much more likely that he would put his father on the Greyhound.

That aside, it's still nice to see Christopher Walken chew up the screen in this indie. Nivola is a completely low energy dude. He's not very compelling. There is a desperate need for funnier jokes to make this a fun dark comedy. It just isn't funny. Some of it is mildly cute.

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