Viewed – 07 September 2010  DVD

Isn’t it strange how first impressions of a movie by just seeing the cover art or reading the back can be so wrong?  On first being borrowed this movie by a friend I was told it was a sexy Brit comedy with an ample amount of female nudity, and so me being a man thought oh, what the heck, I’ll give it a go.  Yet this simple story of a young man (Sean Biggerstaff) who after dumping his girlfriend, finds he can’t sleep and takes to working the graveyard shift to distract himself, isn’t quite as one-dimensional as you might believe.    You see, this man has a tendency to daydream, imagining he can freeze time (cue some rather impressive effects) and ponders what some of his female customers might look like nude, fueling his imagination so he can sketch them.  Yet one woman catches his eye, that of the quite check out girl, and soon he’s infatuated.

This is actually a rather sweet, at times amusing drama dealing with loneliness, heartbreak and fantasy.  Considering I thought it was going to be some sort of dirty movie, I was surprised to discover only a smattering on nudity, and nothing to really shock.  This is certainly not erotic, and with the main cast being a likable bunch (especially Biggerstaff and TV actress Emilia Fox), I found it all rather heart warming. 

As the feature length directorial debut from Sean Ellis, following the Oscar nominated short of the same name, this is a great showcase for his obvious talent and imagination, so I await what he comes up with next with much anticipation.

Verdict:  4 /5

2 thoughts on “Cashback

  1. I too was pleasantly surprised by this. It goes much deeper than the cover. Having an art background I truly could connect to some of his thoughts and ideas. There are many memorable quotes in this movie that I can truly relate to. I loved it and would give it high marks as well.

    Oh and as a man I can’t deny that I thoroughly enjoyed Ben’s childhood view from the bottom of the stairs.


    • Thanks for your comment.

      I’d also agree it does have some guilty pleasures on a visual basis, but was glad to see that it wasn’t the movie’s only calling card.


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