$5 a Day

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"Relationships don't come cheap!"
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.3  (3,618)

"5 a Day" is a road trip comedy-drama film that follows the adventure of an aging conman named Nat (Christopher Walken) and his estranged son, Flynn (Alessandro Nivola), who embark on a cross-country journey to honor Nat's unusual dying wish, to spend only five dollars a day. Along the way, they reunite with Dolores (Sharon Stone), a former flame of Nat, who joins them on their journey.

The film begins with Nat, an inveterate scam artist, being released from prison on his 65th birthday. Upon his release, he visits his doctor and he is told that he only has a few months to live, which leads him to concoct a strange idea to spend only five dollars a day for the rest of his life. Desperate to rekindle his relationship with his son, Flynn, whom he abandoned years ago, he sets out on a road trip to sell off his assets and say his goodbyes.

Flynn, an uptight and responsible man, who is currently working as a car rental agent, is taken aback by his father's sudden reappearance in his life. Despite their difficult relationship, Flynn decides to accompany him on his journey as he wants to make sure that Nat takes his medication and that he doesn't get into any trouble on his final days.

During their journey, Nat and Flynn's relationship is tested as they encounter a string of bizarre circumstances from a broken-down car, to a run-in with the law, to a random encounter with a motorcycle gang. Nat's charm and quick wit get them out of these situations but also put them in danger. Meanwhile, Dolores, Nat's old flame, joins them on their trip, adding another layer of drama and tension to the story.

As the trio jumps from state to state, selling off items and hustling their way through life on a shoestring budget, they begin to bond over their shared experiences. Over the course of their journey, they come to terms with their past and present lives, and Nat learns the true importance of family and love.

The film boasts a strong cast with Christopher Walken perfectly cast as the wise-cracking, street-smart conman while Alessandro Nivola delivers a solid performance as the uptight and responsible son. Sharon Stone shines as Dolores, the unpredictable and fiery love interest. The supporting cast, which includes Amanda Peet, Peter Coyote, and Dean Cain, also deliver impressive performances, bringing their respective characters to life.

"5 a Day" features stunning landscapes and breathtaking cinematography, as the travelers journey from the East Coast to the West, showcasing America's diverse beauty. The film's soundtrack is also noteworthy, with an eclectic mix of music that suits the different moods of each scene.

Director Nigel Cole successfully captures the essence of the road trip genre, offering the perfect blend of drama and comedy. While the film's premise may seem absurd on the surface, it touches on deeper themes of mortality, legacy, and the importance of family bonds. The characters are well-developed, and the dialogue is smart and witty.

In conclusion, "5 a Day" is a must-watch film that will leave viewers longing for their own cross-country adventure. It is a charming and heartwarming tale that celebrates life, love, and the importance of family, all packaged in a humorous and engaging story.

$5 a Day is a 2008 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    1 hr 38 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (3,618)