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  • Summary: Based on the Oscar nominated short, Cashback is the tale of life on the graveyard shift at a supermarket. When a bad break-up leads to insomnia, art student Ben joins the nocturnal existence of a group of young grocers who indulge in the art of the imagination. As Ben learns to let his run free, he begins to see beauty in the ordinary as well as the possibility to love again. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    Slickly charming, genteelly erotic and directed with supreme polish, Cashback is a conventional romantic comedy that plays unconventional games with time and memory.
  2. A sleek little meditation on beauty, desire, love and time. Now and then, it's fairly sophisticated stuff.
  3. It's no small trick to blend fantasy, slapstick and genuine emotion, but Ellis pulls it off with whimsy to spare.
  4. Reviewed by: Emily Phillips
    60
    Much more than a tits and arse farce, this is an enjoyable, if lightweight effort.
  5. With Biggerstaff's breathless narration explaining every detail of the action, Cashback seems aimed at an audience that would rather be told a story than shown a movie.
  6. Springs from that childhood fantasy of being able to stop time and wander freely among the temporarily frozen. If only writer-director Sean Ellis had done more than use the conceit for a functional romance.
  7. Director Sean Ellis has a lovely eye, but he's set the film in his blind spot. Not only can't he distinguish between art and porn, savoring and wallowing, universal truths and exhausted clich├ęs -- he doesn't even seem interested in these distinctions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jun 22, 2014
    10
    Greatest movie ever made.Awesome writing and humor ,nudity and tragedy all were presented well.Acting and dialogues are very admirable.Should have won least 7 oscars. Expand
  2. Jan 28, 2012
    10
    GREAT FILM. This will probably be the only movie i will ever give a 10 to. Words can't really describe this movie. I first watched this streaming through netflix at 3 in the morning and it blew me away. Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2012
    9
    Scott Brown (Entertainment Weekly), doesn't distinguish porn and erotic innocence. The objective of this movie is showing on this scenes the beauty of a human body, and nothing seems to be obscene, because it has a story behind, that arranges everything. It's a very beautiful and funny storyline, and every detail is fascinating. Expand
  4. Sep 26, 2010
    8
    http://mashupmash.blogspot.com/2010/09/cashback.html

    Just yesterday I was recommended this by Movielens (see previous entry) and after I
    read the description I went out and got it. Basically this movie is about a guy who breaks up with his girlfriend, then develops insomnia, then discovers he can stop time, then draws naked women. Sound great so far? Yeah thought so. Ok, so even after an albeit...weird description I watched it not really sure what to expect. What I found was actually a semi deep movie about him trying to overcome his insomnia. I do recommend it. I gave it a 4 out of 5. Expand
  5. Apr 8, 2012
    6
    I can completely relate to a lot of things in this movie from the hardships of losing your first love to enjoying beauty in almost everything. Quite a few times I found myself laughing out loud which is some good relief from the inner thoughts of the main character. There are a few truly great moments in this movie. But on the other hand I was totally caught off guard when Ben started to freeze time and drawing the girls in the grocery store. I think the idea could've been gotten across with less cleavage and more dialogue or narration. This is still a really solid movie to watch on a date or something of the sorts because both male and female can enjoy it. Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2012
    0
    This is so boooooring! No plot, no acting, nothing takes off or goes anywhere. Ending is so out of reality, it's almost laughable. Maybe if you're a young teen, you might enjoy. Otherwise, you'd waste almost 2h of your time. Go rent something else. Expand

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