After being dumped by his girlfriend (Michelle Ryan), art student Ben Willis (Sean Biggerstaff) develops chronic insomnia. Finding himself with too much time on his hands, Ben begins working the night shift at the local supermarket. There Ben begins to imagine he can freeze time and uses his "ability" to undress and sketch the female customers in the nude. Ben is occasionally distracted from his fantasy by his unconventional yet hilarious co-workers, who introduce him to their inventive antics of losing time to survive the boredom of the graveyard shift, but it is quiet check-out girl Sharon (Emilia Fox) who catches his attention and she soon becomes the object of his fantasies. Written and directed by Sean Ellis, Cashback unveils a world where reality and fantasy blur and love and beauty are realised in the most unusual places.
This film is trying very hard to be a cult classic and technically it is very slick and film-literate, but it is very obviously written and directed by the same person, a man who has not managed to advance beyond a teenage view of women. It is about an art student who we are supposed to empathise with because he has chosen to end his relationship with super hot babe and she got angry with him. To cut a long story short he fantasises about all the women he sees being naked and the film never questions the need to show us these fantasies. The script is dire, the female characters one dimensional and the plot can be seen coming a mile off.Really, don't bother. Two hours long for one funny moment
First off, I enjoyed the film more than I expected. A young art student breaks up with his girlfriend because he feels he won't make her happy, as a result, he suffers from insomnia and gets a job at a local supermarket to kill time and pursue his 'art' to celebrate? the the female form (and this perhaps is where the film feels a little more like one for the boys). Here he not only falls for the beautiful Sharon (Emilia Fox) but retreats into his imagination to freeze moments in time. There are numerous scenes of female nudity but I felt at least they were not gratuitous and there were some genuine funny moments. Overall a very enjoyable low budget movie.