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Cashback

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Cashback

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Limited Release Date:
07/20/07
distributor:
Magnolia Pictures
genre:
Romance, Comedy, Drama

We gave it a D

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