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A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 19 April 2014
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Worried that her next asthma attack may kill her, a woman (Whoopi Goldberg) tries to solve the problems of her estranged husband (Ving Rhames) and their four adult children (Kimberly Elise, Tichina Arnold, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose)


Stephen Tolkin


Shernold Edwards, Terry McMillan (novel)
2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Viola
Ving Rhames ... Cecil
Kimberly Elise ... Janelle
Mekhi Phifer ... Lewis
Anika Noni Rose ... Paris
Tichina Arnold ... Charlotte
Lyriq Bent ... Randall
Arnold Pinnock ... Al
Shanice Banton ... Shanice
Jahmil French Jahmil French ... Dingus
Nigel Shawn Williams Nigel Shawn Williams ... George
John Bourgeois ... Dr. Cielto
Toya Alexis Toya Alexis ... Brenda
Scott Gibson ... Todd
Wyse E. Bishop Wyse E. Bishop ... Jimar (as Wyse Bishop)


When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world, from her relationship with her husband to the lives of her four children and grandchildren. While on this quest, she must contend with sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and drug addiction - and that is only one child. Additionally, her jailbird son needs to learn how to be a better father, her granddaughter is in bigger trouble than her daughter is willing to admit and Viola's estranged husband needs saving from his scheming younger girlfriend. It's the kind of meddling that the Price family hasn't experienced from Viola in decades, and she won't have an easy time bending her loved ones to her will. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Because sometimes...There aren't second chances.










Release Date:

19 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir Gün Geç ve Bir Dolar Az See more »

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16:9 HD
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Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames played husband and wife in A Long Walk Home (1990) See more »

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While this movie was good and worth seeing August Osage County was so much better.
12 June 2014 | by Tony HeckSee all my reviews

"There's a whole lot of mess I have to clean up before I go." Viola (Goldberg) is the matriarch of a family that has fallen apart. Her kids all hate each other, the husband has found a new woman and no one likes her anymore. After a health scare she is given news that changes her life. On the verge of death she decides it time to fix her family before it's too late. I will start with...yes this is a Lifetime movie, I am a guy, I actually did enjoy it. That said though it was a little too sappy for me. I think, like most movies lately, when another movie that is about the same thing comes out comparisons begin. This one is very much like August Osage County in plot and theme. While this movie was good and worth seeing August was so much better. Seeing that one first may have affected how I felt about this one but August had deeper relationships and just felt like a more complete movie. It may have been because it was a made-for-TV movie but this felt really thin compared to the other one. All that said though the movie is good and if you haven't seen August then you may like this more then I did. Overall, a good movie worth seeing but once again a movie suffers from being too identical to a recent movie. I give this a B-.

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