NNWIJ: Cashback (2006)

Director: Sean Ellis

Notable Cast: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox

Rating: R

Review:  This high concept independent took me by surprise.  From the poster, it’s hard to tell what you’re even in store for.  But, with a creative plot and solid story telling, Cashback turns into nothing you would expect.  It follows the life of young art student Ben Willis (Biggerstaff) and how he copes with a recent break up.  He is hurt so bad he loses the ability to sleep, so he decides to take a night job at a grocery store so he can at least get paid for his time.  Hence the cashback.  While there, he realizes that he has the ability to stop time.  He uses this gift to undress woman and draw them.  It’s not as perverted as it sounds though, because he isn’t doing it for pleasure.  He expresses his appreciation for the female form and capturing its beauty, creating perfect art out of it. You also meet all the other quirky night workers at the store, including Ben’s new crush Sharon (Fox).  But can Ben gain a grasp of his life again while putting his ex-girlfriend completely behind him?  Watch it for yourself.  Obviously it isn’t a realistic story, but Cashback is told so incredibly well that as the movie goes on it becomes a reality.  Drama is not the only genre covered though, as comedy is peppered into the script to lighten the mood.  Barry and Matt, the two slackers that work with Ben, act like any hormone driven teens and do anything at work that doesn’t actually involve doing real work.  They account for most of the laughs in the film, along with Ben’s friend Sean and his “luck with women.”  Cashback does everything a good independent film does, makes you think, and hooks you in the entirety of the film.  Verifiably recommendable.

Netflix Rating: 4/5

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About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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