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Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken, Dean Cain, Peter Coyote, Amanda Peet, Christopher Dempsey
When con man Nat (Christopher Walken) convinces his straitlaced son, Flynn (Alessandro Nivola), to join him on a road trip, the two learn a few things about each other as they drive to New Mexico, attempting to live on no more than $5 a day. While they scam their way across the country, Flynn deals with the resentment he feels for his estranged father.
$5 a Day is road movie about a father and son who have never gotten along and their journey together, Christopher Walken's character is a con man who does anything and everything he can to make money. He tells his son he is dying of a brain tumor and needs to travel to Mexico to a clinic for experimental treatment. His son isn't buying the idea since his dad never told the truth before about anything but he ends up agreeing on to go with him on the trip. The film has it's tender moments and it's laughs as well but the real reason to watch this one is Christopher Walken, I could watch this guy read the phone book he's that good. He really shines as this con man and is a delight to watch with his deadpan delivery of his lines. The two realize that if they are going to make the trip they are only going to be able to spend $5 a day which sets up some great schemes along the way which is here most of the comedy comes in and Walken handles the situations like only he can. Alessandro Nivola does a good job playing the son of Walken's but the film belongs to the legend. Sharon Stone also does a terrific job in the film and is second only to Walken's performance here, plus she is still as beautiful and sexy after all this time. Amanda Peet also gives a good performance as the son's girlfriend because the relationship is never really developed enough. The subplot could of easily been left out of the film without it losing a beat. Certainly not the best road comedy ever but the film does have it's moments, it starts off a bit slow but if you stick with it long enough it pays off in the end. I had a good time watching this and enjoyed Walken's and Stone's time together on screen, they had great chemistry together.
Like I stated before the film seems to drag a little at first and some might become bored early on but stick it out and you will find a pretty good little bonding flick with some excellent performances. The DVD comes with Special Features that include:
Cast and Crew Interviews
Released by Image Entertainment
*** 1/2 Out Of *****