$5 a Day Stars Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Sharon Stone, Amanda Peet, Peter Coyote & Dean Cain
$5 a Day, starring Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Sharon Stone, Amanda Peet, Peter Coyote, and Dean Cain, is one of those dark comedies that is not quite funny enough to be a true comedy and not quite dramatic enough to be a drama in spite of its all-star cast. The movie released in theaters in 2009 and on DVD on Aug 24, 2010.
Christopher Walken & Alessandro Nivola Play Father & Son in $5 a Day
Alessandro Nivola (The Eye, Laurel Canyon) plays Ritchie Flynn, a young man with secrets that get him fired from his job and that cause his girlfriend to walk out on him. The biggest of those secrets is his father, Nat, played by Christopher Walken. Nat is a con artist, and after Ritchie serves time for one of his father’s cons, he wants nothing more to do with Nat. But Nat wants Ritchie back in his life. Nat says he is dying of a brain tumor and proposes Ritchie take him on a road trip out west for experimental medical treatment since the tumor makes driving difficult for Nat.
Christopher Walken Almost Flawless in $5 a Day
Ritchie is not convinced Nat has a brain tumor but with little to lose, he agrees to his father’s plan and soon finds himself in a pink Sweet ‘n Low car heading west. It doesn’t take the viewer long to learn that Nat is the ever-popular con man with a heart of gold. Although the plot is predictable, Christopher Walken does an almost flawless job of playing the charming, vulnerable, shameless, eccentric and kind-hearted con man, scheming to pay their way as they go, but wanting to be a father at the end so he can leave something to his son.
Alessandro Nivola & Sharon Stone in $5 a Day
Nivola does an admirable job as the cynical, heard-edged, and too-often disappointed son, on a journey of discovery, learning the truth about his parents and himself. Sharon Stone is…Sharon Stone, a vapid, over-sexed cougar who makes the moves on both father and son, and whose extra-marital sexual success with the impotent Nat is depicted as something worth celebrating. While she has kept herself in fabulous shape, I hope those age marks on Stone’s overly-tanned face were makeup — if not, she really needs to try Rodan + Fields skin care. Stone’s appearance in the film was brief and her scenes of little importance to the story.
$5 a Day: Touching Story, Noteworthy Cast, Weak & Predictable Plot
The movie has some funny moments, a sometimes touching story, and a noteworthy cast. It’s too bad the plot is so predictable and thin. $5 a Day, starring Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Sharon Stone, Amanda Peet, Peter Coyote, and Dean Cain is 98 minutes and released on DVD on Aug 24, 2010.
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