A painful breakup inspires a New York waiter to write a self-help book that gets sold to a big publisher in “Me, You and Five Bucks,” a dull, meandering romantic comedy with serious believability issues.
When sullen girlfriend Pam (Angela Sarafyan) abruptly leaves him without explanation, Carlos “Charlie” Castillo (the low-budget production’s director and writer, Jaime Zevallos), makes good on his writing aspirations with an advice book called “The 7 Steps of Healing the Male Broken Heart.”
You’d think he’d be thrilled about getting a deal, given the odds, but any celebrating is put on hold when Pam pops back into the picture at a time, when, according to the womanizing Charlie, “life had become meaningless and repetitive.”
The same could be said about Zevallos’ film, which, plot and character credibility aside, is under-plotted and insufficiently funny. (Apparently all you need to be a bankable relationship expert in the Big Apple is to be a spurned waiter who beds a book editor, here played by Emerald Robinson.)
Although the racially diverse cast is a nice touch, it would have been even nicer if the characters, particularly the few females, weren’t such obvious stereotypes along the lines of heartbreaker, sex kitten and gold-digger. But maybe that’s asking too much for "Five Bucks."
"Me, You and Five Bucks"
MPAA rating: None
Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Playing: Arena Cinema, Hollywood