A Day Late and a Dollar Short is a good family film that not only shows family at its strength, led by the mother Whoopi Goldberg, but it also shows all the dysfunction, such as sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and prescription drug addiction, that could be experienced in any regular run-of-the-mill family. But in this case, Whoopi, who plays Viola, is faced with possible congestive heart failure, and she doesn’t know how to share this sad news with her four kids, grandkids and estranged hubby, played by Ving Rhames.
Based on Terry McMillan’s (Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back) best-selling novel, A Day Late And A Dollar Short arrives on DVD July 15 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Goldberg plays alongside a great cast that includes Anika Noni Rose, Mekhi Phifer, Kimberly Elise, who plays Janelle, and Tichina Arnold, who plays Charlotte. Viola does all she can to bring her family back on one accord, after she learns that she doesn’t have long to live due to smoking for 30 years and developing asthma and imminent congestive heart failure. But there is much work to do. Her son Lewis, played by Phifer, hasn’t been on the right track for a while, and he is torn when he learns that his son isn’t being treated right by his stepfather. Rose, who plays Paris, is an up-and-coming chef, with her on television show, but who isn’t on good terms with her sister Charlotte.
Viola is a tough nut to crack, and she is suddenly on the rampage with trying to get her family straight one last time, even measuring out advice to her husband Cecil, when she believes he is being taken advantage of by his new girlfriend.
A Day Late and a Dollar Short is a great family film, even though some of the themes take on a mature nature. It was great to see Goldberg in this role, in a film adaptation of one of McMillan’s books from nearly 15 years ago. Visit http://www.lionsgateshop.com/product.asp?Id=31071&TitleParentId=9867 for more information.