After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
3,773 ( 988)

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cashback (2004)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Ben is an art college student in London, whose imagination runs wild as he works the late-night shift at the local supermarket. What do he and his colleagues do to pass the long, endless hours of the night?

Director: Sean Ellis
Stars: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Stuart Goodwin
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.

Director: Goran Dukic
Stars: Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou
Submarine (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

Director: Richard Ayoade
Stars: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine
Secretary (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Director: Steven Shainberg
Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies
The Dreamers (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green
Garden State (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff
Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman
Ghost World (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

Director: Terry Zwigoff
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé
Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider
Malèna (2000)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Erica Ellis ...
Jay Bowen ...
Steve Jenkins
...
Kenneth Fahy ...
Art Class Life Model
Stan Ellis ...
Art Class Teacher
Katie Ball ...
Art Class Girl
...
Stuart Goodwin ...
...
Deer Girl in Sainsbury's
Nia Roberts ...
Woman at the Till
...
Michael Lambourne ...
Hatti Riemer ...
Old Lady at Deli Counter
Edit

Storyline

When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy, he develops chronic insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour-shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the pretty and quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia. Written by Winnie Li===Corrected by Kate

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Once upon a time, I wanted to know what love was. Love is there, if you want it to be. You just have to see that it's wrapped in beauty and hidden away between the seconds of your life. If you don't stop for a minute, you might miss it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cashback  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,878 (USA) (20 July 2007)

Gross:

$24,942 (USA) (27 July 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer/director Sean Ellis wrote the script for the feature length version in 7 days. Principal photography started 6 weeks later as it was the only time that all the cast from the original short film were available. See more »

Goofs

When Jenkins speaks on his cell phone in the middle of the football game, the sky is light, but in all the other shots the sky is dark. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Willis: It take approximately 500 lbs to crush a human skull. But the human emotion is a much more delicate thing. Take Suzy, my first real girl friend. My first real break-up, happening right in front of me. I never thought it was going to be similar to a car crash. I've slammed the breaks, and I'm skidding toward an emotional impact. So, is this all my fault? Me, Ben Willis. It's funny what goes through your mind at a time like this. The two and a half years we spent together. The ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

Before the credits roll there's another video of Barry doing a dangerous BMX stunt. This time it works, though, and he doesn't fall flat on his face. See more »

Connections

References Heat (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Mysterious Ways
Performed by Bryan Adams
Written by Bryan Adams (as Adams) / Gretchen Peters (as Peters)
Produced by Bryan Adams (as BA)
Published by Badadams Music Limited (ASCAP), Gretchen Peters Music, Sony Cross Keys Publishing Co,
Inc (ASCAP)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What is beauty, what is to behold?
13 July 2007 | by (Minnesota, United States) – See all my reviews

There are few films that truly cause the minds of its viewers to wander and transcend from one thought to another. This film inspired me to take a second to think about what a second really is and to cherish moments for what they are. Its a breath of fresh air just waiting to be taken in and surely those with intellect just waiting to be toyed with will surely agree. Being a citizen of the United States, I am rarely exposed to films that contain intelligent dialogue and inspiring acting. Unfortunately my country is filled with bumbling fools who appreciate things exploding and pointless violence more than a beautiful story. Alas, films such as this one remind me that there is still hope in this dreary world and for that i am grateful.


115 of 169 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Self-indulgent piece of crap. mysticgirl35
How can you claim it's a good movie? niclol
too many boobs. huav
what happened to the other person that can freeze time Brightside
Offensive? ninjapie2004
Bad math steventf
Discuss Cashback (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?