Cashback (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 20, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I think this filmmaker has a future.

James Berardinelli

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

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

A little too mopey and sexist for its own good. But the cast is engaging enough to keep us interested

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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly

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

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Brian Tallerico

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.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

Edward Havens

The first thing one will probably respond to, after the brief rampant nudity, is the exquisite cinematography by Angus Hudson.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Shankle
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.… More
Melvin White
Ben Willis: I wanted to freeze time. I wanted to savor that moment, to live in that moment for a week. But I couldn't stop it, only slow it. And before I… More
Mark Walker
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… More
Lady D'arbanville
Given the subject matter, the content of this short was very creative, a fantasist's eye who's outlook differs to others by his artistic talent. It… More
Spencer S.
This film has recently enjoyed a renewal of interest, and is swiftly becoming a cult classic with a loyal following. Based off a short Ellis made, and won an… More
Jim Hunter
An artist breaks up with his girlfriend, and the resulting insomnia compels him to take a night job at an grocery store, where he discovers his power to freeze… More