When art student Ben Willis breaks up with 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
There was some controversy about the scene where the woman walks past the little boy fully nude on the stairs and then opens the door naked when he knocks on her bedroom door, but the actress was never actually nude onset in front of the kid, the scenes were just edited to seem like she was. They show her bare legs as she walks past him on the stairs but it's the only time you see her with him in the same shot. The actress was dressed for that shot. Then the kid was taken off set and she was filmed nude walking up the stairs. Same with the scene where he takes her underwear to her room. They're shown in separate shots because they were filmed at different times. See more »
When Sharon takes a bite of Ben's sandwich in the locker room, the bit of food is on her right cheek when she is seen from the front, but gone when she is viewed from her rear right. See more »
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 ...
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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 »
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
Performed by Indeep (as In Deep)
Written by Michael Cleveland
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
erratic, uneven, with moments of pure genius
Sean Ellis loves women.
Never met the man, probably never will, but that was the #1 takeaway from this uneven but thoroughly interesting film.
Lots of layered construction in the story.
Borrows from the Forgetting Sarah Marshall meme, starts with the protagonist losing his main love, that is the setup for all that follows.
Borrows from THE GIRL THE GOLD WATCH AND EVERYTHING, using the "time freeze" technique to sync up the viewer and the exposition.
Borrows from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, using a probing sort of voice-over to fill in the uneven parts of the story, as with the time freezing (see above) But most of all, when you leave the theatre (or turn off the DVD) if you think about this film at all -- and you may -- what you will remember most are the orations on the beauty of women and the joy of discovery thereof, along with related ideas on how the nature of the female form may not itself be the original art form...? Very uneven -- all the fun parts are off the top, by the half-way point you might be excused for thinking you had stumbled into a regular run of the mill romcom.
Fox steals her scenes, exactly as one might expect.
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