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Cashback

After breaking up with his girlfriend, aspiring artist Ben Willis (Sean Biggerstaff) develops insomnia and takes a night-shift job at a supermarket to pass the hours. He soon discovers that he can freeze time and begins fantasizing about pretty checkout clerk Sharon (Emilia Fox). When he's not dreaming of Sharon -- who may hold the key to resolving his sleeplessness -- Ben roams the aisles disrobing beautiful customers and sketching them.
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I think this filmmaker has a future.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
 
Cashback aspires to be equal parts Volkswagen ad and Nicholson Baker's The Fermata, yet compares unfavorably to both.
Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
Cashback is light, smart, and enjoyable, and it makes me eager to see what Ellis has planned for his next outing.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  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.
Kyle Smith, New York Post  full review
 
It's no small trick to blend fantasy, slapstick and genuine emotion, but [director] Ellis pulls it off with whimsy to spare.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News  full review
 
Beware films with protagonists depicted as vastly more sensitive than their fellow characters. The result may be a crock like Cashback.
Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times  full review
 
[Director] Ellis has rounded up all the actors for this feature adaptation but doesn't add much to the 18-minute original besides a tedious boy-meets-girl.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
The movie is lightweight, as it should be. It doesn't get all supercharged. Ben and Sharon, despite setbacks, are delighted to be admired by such wonderful partners, and we are happy for them.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
A flair for language both cinematic and verbal elevates an ordinary coming-of-age comedy of little substance.
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
 
A very romantic portrait of a young artist as he ponders love, beauty and living in the moment.
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
A sleek little meditation on beauty, desire, love and time. Now and then, it's fairly sophisticated stuff.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
It's awkwardly drawn out to feature length with not-truly-comic secondary characters on the supermarket team, and go-nowhere incidents like a soccer match with a rival store and an unresolved encounter with another time-stopper.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
Cashback 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.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post  full review
 
How ironic that Richard Lester had to go all the way to England to make that chef-d'oeuvre of sex comedies, The Knack... and How to Get It, while Ellis stays home and churns out the British answer to American Pie.
Jan Stuart, Newsday  full review
 
Wong Kar-wai on aisle 4 and Michel Gondry on aisle 6, with Kevin Smith as mop jockey at all points in between -- such is the lost-in-the-supermarket milieu of writer-director Sean Ellis's whimsical comedy.
Jim Ridley, Village Voice  full review
 
The feature version of a 2004 award-winning British short depicts a sensitive art student who manages to freeze time, allowing him to undress women at his Sainsbury's supermarket and sketch them nude.
Globe and Mail, Globe and Mail
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