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An unlikable protagonist, messy editing, and gratuitous nudity might make audiences ask for their cash back.



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When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy, he develops insomnia. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own "art" in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it--especially Sharon, the quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia.

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Sean Biggerstaff
as Ben Willis
Emilia Fox
as Sharon Pintey
Shaun Evans
as Sean Higgins
Michael Dixon
as Barry Brickman
Michael Lambourne
as Matt Stephens
Frank Hesketh
as Young Ben
Irene Bagach
as Beautiful Girl
Howard Ward
as Referee
Daphne Guinness
as Anna Shapiro
Samantha Bloom
as Mrs. Booth
Keeley Hazell
as Naked Girl
Emilia Fenton
as Tanya Green
Gayle Dudley
as Natalie's Mom
Cherie Nichole
as Shampoo Girl
Just Ardalan-Raikes
as Time Traveller
Martin Ballantyne
as Strip Club Patron
Honey Carmichael
as Gothic Girl
Herika Fernanda
as Gallery visitor
Marysia Kay
as Girl in Gallery
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Critic Reviews for Cashback

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (20)

  • I think this filmmaker has a future.

    Jul 31, 2007
  • Cashback aspires to be equal parts Volkswagen ad and Nicholson Baker's The Fermata, yet compares unfavorably to both.

    Jul 25, 2007 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Ellis seems to believe that artists have an enlightened sense of beauty and greater access to it than common folk. And he may be right: He's clearly mastered the skill of convincing art-school chicks to take their clothes off.

    Jul 21, 2007 | Rating: C-

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Cashback is light, smart, and enjoyable, and it makes me eager to see what Ellis has planned for his next outing.

    Jul 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As observers we can project our own fantasies onto Ben's, and [director] Ellis enhances this dreamy effect with low-budget ingenuity, like cleverly executing location changes in the same unbroken shot.

    Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Imagine Kevin Smith with a background in poetry and painting instead of comic books and bestiality jokes, and you'll have an idea of what to expect from an exciting new filmmaker named Sean Ellis, whose terrific debut is called Cashback.

    Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Cashback

  • Jun 25, 2013
    This is pretty underrated. Even though it's a simple movie, the style is fresh and so is the direction. I also found it hilarious, especially regarding the protagonist's co-workers. It was relatable to see kids work in such an environment, which made it even more engaging and funny for me. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone in the late teens/early adult phase. Even though the message has been touched upon before, Cashback was a fresh take on beauty and love.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2012
    What a dumb movie. Not sure if the director is trying to be 'artistic' or if he's just a massive pervert. The latter is probably correct. It's a film with boring characters, pointless scenes (especially the soccer one), and terrible attempts at humor (the nude guy farting). It's a waste of time. I don't watch films to see how artistic they are, I watch them for entertainment like most people. What makes a film entertaining is a good plot and likable characters. Not the case here.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2012
    very interesting movie, had a good ending and the acting was great.. kinda weird at parts, worth watching though!
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2012
    Director Sean Ellis made an 18 minute short film in 2004 that won a plethora of International awards and received an Oscar nomination. Because of this, he decided to expand it to feature length and delivers a delightful little independent film. Young artist Ben Willis (Sean Biggerstaff) breaks up with girlfriend Suzy (Michelle Ryan) which leads to him developing insomnia. As sleep is hard to come by, he takes on a night-shift at the local supermarket where he develops ways to alter time and indulge in his artistic imagination. The best way to describe this film lies in a direct quote from the protagonist himself; "Within this frozen world I'm able to walk freely and unnoticed. Nobody would even know that time has stopped. And when it started back up again, the invisible join would be seamless except for a slight shudder. Not unlike the feeling of somebody walking over your grave". And so begins, the journey of insomniac Ben Willis who stops time and undresses women to paint and sketch their female form. This is an imaginative and thoroughly rewarding little film from a promising new director. The New York Post compared Sean Ellis to "Clerks" director Kevin Smith, if he had "... a background in poetry and painting instead of Comic-books and bestiality jokes". It's a good comparison as this film is as fresh and engaging as Smith's earlier work. However, it's also a prime example of how films can be almost completely buried if it doesn't receive the right marketing campaign. Such a shame, that this hasn't gained a wider audience. It's a cleverly constructed and stylish debut with sharp dialogue and genuinely touching and hilarious moments. Ellis is a director that has now caught my attention and he draws excellent performances from a relatively unknown cast. The only apparent problem is over-length. To go from an 18min short to a 100min feature is a bit of a stretch and as a result, the film meanders toward it's conclusion. However, this is a small gripe in what is otherwise an inventive and sophisticated little drama. Skilfully handled by everyone involved and the kind of film that warrants more attention. A vastly underrated little gem.
    Mark W Super Reviewer

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