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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:
... Nat Parker
... Ritchie Flynn Parker
... Dolores Jones
... Rick Carlson
... Burt Kruger
... Maggie
... Martinez
... Real Estate Lady
... Realtor
... Bar Manager
... Salesman
Gregory Chase ... Reporter (as Greg Chase)
... Tim Webber
Judith Greentree ... IHOP Waitress
... 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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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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The Sweet'N Low PT Cruiser carries New Jersey license plate "Sweeet" (with three e's). See more »

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While in Altoona, PA, Nat and Ritchie talk about how this is where Ritchie was convicted, and then went on to do time in Rahway. Rahway is a prison in Jersey; presumably a person convicted of a crime in PA would go to a prison in that state, not NJ. See more »

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Ritchie Flynn Parker: You know what? You are completely insane. You're gone.
Nat Parker: Going, going, gone.
[smiling]
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Features Old Yeller (1957) See more »

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Lifeline
Written by Gary Kemp
Performed by Spandau Ballet
Reformation Publishing Co. Ltd. (BMI
Licensed Courtesy of EMI Capital Records Inc.
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Worth much more than 5 bucks, a very enjoyable and tender film
29 August 2011 | by 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.


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