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$5 a Day (2008)

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

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Burt Kruger
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Martinez
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Real Estate Lady
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Realtor
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Bar Manager
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Salesman
Gregory Chase ...
Reporter (as Greg Chase)
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Tim Webber
Judith Greentree ...
IHOP Waitress
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Marty
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The best things in life are free! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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1.85 : 1
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The picture on the poster, with Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, and Sharon Stone in the front seat of a car, was not actually a scene in the film, and could not have been taken in a Chrysler PT Cruiser, since the front of that vehicle has two bucket seats. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Nat Parker: Yeah, shake your head. These are memories. You'll see what it's like when things stop happening on command. Half mast, and I'm not even dead yet.
Ritchie Flynn Parker: What are you saying, you're impotent?
Nat Parker: I'm saying I can't get it up most of the time.
Ritchie Flynn Parker: Since when?
Nat Parker: Since - it's hard to say. A couple of years, maybe five.
Ritchie Flynn Parker: Well, have you tried taking those pills?
Nat Parker: They're junk. They don't work.
Ritchie Flynn Parker: Where did you buy them off, a fruit truck?
Nat Parker: What difference does it make? They don't work. I don't work. The clock is ticking. ...
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Features Old Yeller (1957) See more »

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Make It Easy
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Written and Performed by Marcus Foster
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A Fun Ride (pun intended) all the way across the USA!
4 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

At the Palm Springs Film Festival a few years ago, I saw one of the best movies ever starring the "how can you ever go wrong" versatile and totally entertaining actor, Christopher Walken! That's the reason I opted for the film knowing nothing about the theme beforehand. I loved every minute and you will too and don't listen to the one bad review from an odd thinking person on here (or that's my opinion).

I LOVED the product placement, especially the Pink vehicle entirely wrapped with Sweet and Low ads all over it which added to the hilarity of the movie. I won't give away anything on the story line because the other reviews have outlined some of the moments. You will LOVE this movie for so many reasons and one of them is Sharon Stone but basically the story and acting by "father and son" on the road trip is just terrific. Rent or buy it, you will want to see it again, I know I do!!! Love you Chris!


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