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Cashing Out

By Bobby LePire | February 10, 2020

Cashing Out is Alex Srednoselac’s feature-length directorial debut, from a script he wrote alongside Melissa Hansell. 25-year-old Allen (Tyler Mills) feels stuck in his life. Between his dead-end job as a busboy at a local pizza joint and taking care of his ailing father, Rich (James Timothy Peters), Allen seems never to be able to get ahead. His only solace comes when he gets to play poker. But, low stakes games don’t help pay the bills.

So, Allen and his friends Jags (Michaela Lichvanova) and Robby (Tremont Turner) decide to rob one of the poker games. After getting away with it once, Jaqs is eager to hit more and more games. Since Allen is secretly in love with her, he wants to keep going as well. But he knows that spacing out the robberies is the best idea. Meanwhile, Allen hires a home nurse Kate (Whitney Wickham), as his dad is only getting worse. The nurse happens to be his boss’s daughter, and he discovers that they play poker as well. Will money solve all of Allen’s woes?

“…feels stuck in his life…So, Allen and his friends…decide to rob one of the poker games.”

The first thing to stand out to me in Cashing Out is its remarkable score. During the first poker game, the one that gets robbed, which starts the film, the low rumble of the score is intense. This is before the poker game even gets burglarized. It is an attention-grabbing way to start the movie, and the music never disappoints. After a particularly bad day at work, Allen inadvertently takes it out on Kate. The dramatic hum of the score sells the gravity of what is being said perfectly.

That is not to imply the score is the only worthwhile thing about the drama, as Cashing Out works on most, though not all, levels. The one big issue is that some of the supporting actors- randoms folks at a few of the poker games or the pizzeria- are just not very good.

Cashing Out (2020)

Directed: Alex Srednoselac

Written: Alex Srednoselac, Melissa Hansell

Starring: Tyler Mills, Michaela Lichvnova, Tremont Turner, James Timothy Peters, Whitney Wickham, etc.

Movie score: 8.5/10

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"…the score sells the gravity of what is being said perfectly."

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  1. […] ‘Cashing Out’ is not so much a poker movie than a simple story that everybody can relate to. This may not make it that attractive to card aficionados, but it is a story that is well worth sticking to. Some badly-acted side characters aside, the cast does its job well and Srednoselac’s vision comes through on the screen. A note for Melissa Hansen too; she co-wrote the screenplay alongside Srednoselac, and deserves credit for the way in which it pulls the audience in. All in all, ‘Cashing Out’ is a well-made film showcasing a story that is relatable and emotional. […]

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