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Feeling left in the slow lane of life, New York Orthodox Jews try drug running for awhile, trading on their outsider status. Families disapprove, but they do improve the drug-running game, because they're good with money ... ! Oy.
Enjoyable, but predictable.
The movie is based on a true story in the late 1990s when Hasidic Jews were recruited to smuggle ecstasy from Europe to the US. I felt the movie could have been better.
Soft spot for true stories of this nature. Jesse Eisenberg does awkward again.
Jewish guy imports some ecstasy pills...thats it really. Grab it at a charity shop near you soon. If in the charity shop its 99p, haggle them down to 49p.
Another cinematic disappointment.
In what essentially amounts to a film version of a good Locked Up Abroad episode, Holly Rollers tells the story of young Hasidic Jews who were recruited to smuggle ecstasy from Europe to the United States. Specifically, the film looks at the inculcation of Jesse Eisenberg's character to this new lifestyle.
The story that Holy Rollers seeks to tell is a familiar one, but one that should translate well to film. The film does a good job at the start, establishing the rigid belief system and antiquated social structure of Eisenberg's background. His introduction to the world is believable, but the film soon seems to lose its sense of build up and pace. Whereas it set up the Jewish community so well, Essenberg's rise in the drug world seems rushed, with the character arcs of those surrounding him never being fully fleshed out. It's as if the film stopped trying to distinguish itself about 1/3 of the way through, and instead opted for auto pilot.
The performances in the film are all good, with Eisenberg having an especially interesting depiction of his character, conservative, awkward, shy, but yet curious and strangely competent. The problem, however, is that many of the supporting roles never fully developed, being especially pronounced with Justin Bartha's character. The relationship between Eisenberg and Ari Gaynor is also not handled especially well.
Despite the weaknesses, Holy Rollers remains entertaining. It has most of the hallmarks of an effective drama, though it never stops to catch itself and reignite its originality.
Not very original or interesting.
It is a decently made film that pits Jesse Eisenberg's character between two worlds: the Hasidic Jews and the mafia. Jesse Eisenberg is superb, in probably his second best role (behind, of course, The Social Network). The storytelling isn't anything of a revelation but its thematic structure is perfectly constructed. The visual metaphors representing Sam Gold's isolation from both cultures he is apart of. Also, his gradual downfall and assimilation in to the ecstasy smuggler trade as indicated by he slowly sheds all signs of his old life. This film is also pretty funny in a few parts. Justin Bartha, who portrays Yosef, turns in a surprisingly dark dramatic role, when all I know him is from The Hangover, National Treasure, and some shitty movie that had Matthew McConnaIamnotevengoingtotryspellinghisname in it.
Jessie Eisenberg is always watchable.