Cashback (2007) Expanded from an Oscar-nominated short about a lovelorn artist who freezes time (and paints oh-so-respectful nudes of unwitting women), Cashback aspires to be equal parts… 2007-07-20 R Comedy Drama Romance Magnolia Pictures
Movie Review

Cashback (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
Emilia Fox and Sean Biggerstaff
Emilia Fox and Sean Biggerstaff
EW's GRADE
D

Details Limited Release: Jul 20, 2007; Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Expanded from an Oscar-nominated short about a lovelorn artist who freezes time (and paints oh-so-respectful nudes of unwitting women), Cashback aspires to be equal parts Volkswagen ad and Nicholson Baker's The Fermata, yet compares unfavorably to both. Director Sean Ellis has a lovely eye, but he's set the film in his blind spot. Not only can't he distinguish between art and porn, savoring and wallowing, universal truths and exhausted clichés — he doesn't even seem interested in these distinctions. D

Originally posted Jul 24, 2007 Published in issue #946 Aug 03, 2007 Order article reprints