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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I think this filmmaker has a future."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Cashback is light, smart, and enjoyable, and it makes me eager to see what Ellis has planned for his next outing."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A little too mopey and sexist for its own good. But the cast is engaging enough to keep us interested"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The film lags badly in the middle; the flashbacks to Ben's childhood aren't especially interesting and the lengthy soccer sequence is sheer dead weight."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...focuses on a pervert who thinks he's a romantic. The more sincere this guy gets about his leering, the more he creeps you out."
‑ Josh Larsen, Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
"Cashback aspires to be equal parts Volkswagen ad and Nicholson Baker's The Fermata, yet compares unfavorably to both."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A good writer starts with characters and plot and allows the themes to come naturally from the story. Sean Ellis' script for Cashback is all theme, and it's not that interesting a one to begin with."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Screentalk
"Cashback's eccentricity holds, but Ellis and his audience would have benefited from a clearer direction and a bit more restraint."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Funny but not really profound."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"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."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The first thing one will probably respond to, after the brief rampant nudity, is the exquisite cinematography by Angus Hudson."
‑ Edward Havens,
"CASHBACK is a likable film that is bolstered by Ellis' terrific eye for composition."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Cashback remains a striking cinematic debut for Ellis and a fluid detour into the hidden pockets of the mind."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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