Ca$h

Neither cold nor hard, "CA$H!" is a low-key, borderline-boring dramedy about how money makes pathetic those along all points of the food chain.

Neither cold nor hard, “CA$H!” is a low-key, borderline-boring dramedy about how money makes pathetic those along all points of the food chain. Befitting its low budget, the recession-era Roadside Attractions release appears most authentic in its portrait of a working-class Chicago couple whose discovery of half a million dollars momentarily enlivens their marriage — until a British tough guy (Sean Bean), exacting as any banker, comes to collect. Albeit creative in its use of limited funds, “CA$H!” draws close to nil in its bid at satiric action, and won’t break the bank.

Tipped by his jailed twin, (Bean) as to the disappearance of a bountiful stash, Pyke Kubic (also Bean) implausibly obtains the keys to the Chicago DMV from a black-market businessman with a fully tattooed face, and uses the receipts for cars purchased in cash to locate the young Phelans, Sam and Leslie (Chris Hemsworth and Victoria Profeta, both good). A math wiz, Kubic is semi-humorously obsessive about collecting every penny, forcing the straight-laced marrieds to rob convenience stores to replace the cash they spent — this at the expense of whatever value “CA$H!” had left.

CA$H!

Production

A Roadside Attractions release of an Immortal Thoughts production, in association with Golden Wings Cinema, Tomahawk Films. Produced by Naveen Chathappuram, Stephen Milburn Anderson. Executive producer, Prema Thekkek. Directed, written by Stephen Milburn Anderson.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), John R. Leonetti, Robert Primes; editor, Mark Conte; music, Jesse Voccia; production designer, Gary Baugh; set decorator, Lisa Wolff; costume designer, Mary Law Weir. Reviewed at AMC Eden Prairie 18, Eden Prairie, Minn., March 26, 2010. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Sean Bean, Chris Hemsworth, Victoria Profeta, Mike Starr, Michael Mantell, Glenn Plummer, Antony Thekkek.

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