The son of a thrifty conman begrudgingly joins his father on the road.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In LA, Jason Lair is recently separated, living with his grandfather and his son; he's a banker, tense, with a limp. Grandfather Henry, an archaeologist, wants to take the family van on a ... See full summary »

Director: Jordan Roberts
Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The intertwining lives of three men reveal that each deal with his problems in different, self-destructive ways

Director: Ryan Eslinger
Stars: Dylan Baker, Stacie Bono, Timothy Hutton
Border Run (2012)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A female American reporter searches for her missing brother against the backdrop of violence and human smuggling across the US/Mexican border.

Director: Gabriela Tagliavini
Stars: Sharon Stone, Promise LaMarco, Billy Zane
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A teenager with a high I.Q. who decides to become an actor. When his TV show gets cancelled, he is faced with a difficult career choice.

Director: Dominique Wirtschafter
Stars: Markus Redmond, Whoopi Goldberg, Keith David
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Darren gets stood up on the day of his wedding and uses his vacation tickets with his best friend, RJ, to spend his "honeymoon" at a Club Med-style resort.

Director: Tony Vitale
Stars: Darren Geare, R.J. Knoll, Christopher Walken
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A commitment-phobic man reunites with his estranged, ailing father and comes to terms with his own childhood.

Director: Patrick Sisam
Stars: Tom Arnold, Armando Acevedo, Holland Hayes
Fade to Black (2006)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Attempting to recover from his failed marriage to Rita Hayworth and restart his career, Orson Welles travels to Italy only to be drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue, murder and politics when an actor is murdered on his set.

Director: Oliver Parker
Stars: Danny Huston, Diego Luna, Paz Vega
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan to steal back the artworks to which they have become attached after they are transferred to another museum.

Director: Peter Hewitt
Stars: Christopher Walken, Joseph McKenna, Wynn Everett
Beautiful Joe (2000)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A bad girl becomes a con artist, gets into trouble with the mob and taps a nice-guy florist for help.

Director: Stephen Metcalfe
Stars: Sharon Stone, Billy Connolly, Gil Bellows
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Screaming, shooting, tears and blood changes the party into a nightmare.

Director: Dominique Deruddere
Stars: Armin Rohde, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Josef Heynert
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After being turned down to work at a hair salon because of her figure, a financially struggling hair dresser works to open her own shop.

Director: Doris Dörrie
Stars: Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Natascha Lawiszus, Ill-Young Kim
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Greek gods living in modern-day New York intervene in the lives of a young couple.

Director: Marc Turtletaub
Stars: Edie Falco, Christopher Walken, Sharon Stone
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Real Estate Lady
...
Realtor
...
Bar Manager
...
Salesman
Gregory Chase ...
Reporter (as Greg Chase)
...
Judith Greentree ...
IHOP Waitress
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The best things in life are free! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Five Dollars More  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

They were originally going to have Polident as the wrap for the car, with a big set of teeth on the roof, but Polident pulled out as they didn't want to have their product made fun of. Ultimately, Sugar Foods Corporation agreed to wrap a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited with a giant advertisement for their Sweet'N Low brand. See more »

Goofs

After getting off the highway in Amarillo there is a sign for the Atlantic City Expressway. See more »

Connections

Features Old Yeller (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Lifeline
Written by Gary Kemp
Performed by Spandau Ballet
Reformation Publishing Co. Ltd. (BMI
Licensed Courtesy of EMI Capital Records Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Worth much more than 5 bucks, a very enjoyable and tender film
29 August 2011 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Flynn Parker (Alessandro Nivola) thought he had broken free from his past. You see, his conman father, Nat (Christopher Walken) was always hustling and stretching the truth, causing a chaotic childhood. It finally resulted in Flynn taking the fall on one particular scheme and going to prison. For the past few years, Flynn has been living in the Los Angeles area and working as a health inspector. Unfortunately, the boss has just now gotten word of Flynn's criminal past and he is fired. To add insult to injury, Flynn's girlfriend, Maggie (Amanda Peet) has also moved out of their apartment, because of her boyfriend's failure to open up about his past to her. So, into this fine kettle comes word that Nat wants to see Flynn and asks him to fly to Atlantic City. Having no other job prospects at the moment, Flynn makes the journey. But, when he arrives, his dad tells him that he is dying from cancer. Not only that, he wants Flynn to drive him to Mexico for some experimental treatment and promises that it won't cost more than $5 a day in traveling expenses. This is because he has been given the use of a car, a pink beetle, with a sign for "Sweet and Low" sugar substitute. He also has a deal with Ihop for free meals and friends to stay with, like Dolores (Sharon Stone), along the way. If there aren't any pals, they can bunk in empty houses with "for sale" signs in the yard! Ha! Very reluctantly, Flynn agrees to go. At first, a reconciliation between the two men seems possible. But, can Flynn really trust that his father is telling the truth? As they journey, Flynn calls Maggie's answering machine and leaves messages that reveal more and more of the person he really is. Will they stay a couple, too? This truly enjoyable and sometimes tender film is just great for film fans looking for a change of pace. Nivola, so handsome, does a great job as the conflicted Flynn while Walken delivers another fine turn as the aging huckster. Stone's role is small but lively while Peet displays a fine sensitivity with a minimum of lines. Other cast members are good, too. As one might expect, the changing scenery across the United States is very lovely while costumes, photography, script and direction are quite up to snuff. In short, even if you must pay five bucks for a movie rental, this one has hidden treasures.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sharon Stone drlyon
ABQ Airport dnmeyers
TIFF Review Bixbyfan
What film did Nat watch on video volandt
So where's $5 a day? the_teapot
Christopher Walken's Hair Hatsumi
Discuss $5 a Day (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?