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Holy Rollers

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1 h 28 min201015
Inspired by a true crime story. Sam (Jesse Eisenberg) risks everything when he becomes a drug mule for an Israeli cartel.
Directors
Kevin Asch
Starring
Jesse EisenbergJustin BarthaAri Graynor
Genres
Suspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Producers
Danny A. AbeckaserJen GatienPer MelitaRobert ProfusekRyan SilbertTory Tunnell
Studio
Blue Finch Film Releasing
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance use
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4.0 out of 5 stars

48 global ratings

  1. 58% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 10% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 16% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 13% of reviews have 1 stars
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LilimuhuReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 December 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good, but ...
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The film itself was a great story but the quality of the dvd was really bad. Poor light quality, (I know, I know ... lots played out on dark streets and dingey clubs) and the sound was terrible. As there were no subtitles for the hard of hearing - which I am not but could have been an option for helping me along - I had to guess at most of the conversation. The plot wasn't difficult to follow so I made up my own lines. No manner of adjustments to my tv or dvd player were useful so I assume it was just the quality of the dvd copy.
3 people found this helpful
cartoonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
excellent
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Cant understand why this film isnt more well known and loved . Ok it shouldnt be compared to the classic good fellas [ not the same depth of story ] and some of the jews characters do seem a little hammy out of The Jazz singer , But Jesse Eisenberg is great and his whole fall from grace from synagogue to amsterdam is such a great story . Ignore the trashy cover , this isnt a film about drug violence but about the struggle to balance tradition and temptation .
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A HouseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Idea and reasonable to watch
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It was ok based on ture events , however I did start losing interest about half way through
Andy FReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 October 2013
1.0 out of 5 stars
I dont think I was ever quite so bored
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It may be some people's cup of tea, but I was never so bored and it's part of my life I will never get back
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M. M. BlackReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
FIDLER ON THE DOPE
Although based on true events I found this film's portrayal of the Orthodox Jewish Chassidic community of New York to be Shambolic and poorly researched.
Firstly Jesse Eisenberg's dress, hair and peyot were out of sync with the real thing.

Whilst Chassidim have long peyot,they are normally accompanied by a beard, short or no hair, and round, brim up hats. Jesse's hair was long, he had no beard with long peyot and a none chassidic hat. Although Chabad chassidim have such hats, they do not have long peyot.

Other scenes in the film were most unorthodox - such as the mixed synagogue scene of lighting the menorah. Chassidim in their synagogues are sex segregated very strictly to the extent that you cannot see the women.

My view of the film is that it was probably a quick cheapy to cash in on Jasse Essenberg's popularity. Although there have been a few tragic instances of Chassidim getting caught carrying drugs, the premise remains unlikely due to the social schism that such occurances cause for the individual and his/her family. This was well portrayed and is surely the main point of the film, that drugs destroy people both physically and socially.

Worth a watch overall.
PMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A good Watch
This film was recommended to me as a good watch and I was not disappointed. Jesse Eisenberg was great. I really enjoyed the storyline, based on the true event of an orthodox Jew getting involved in smuggling.
Sam TylerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2012
2.0 out of 5 stars
Holy Unsympathetic Characters, Batman
Jesse Eisenberg is an actor who has the rare ability to span both the serious drama and comedy genres. `Holly Rollers' is a film that fits squarely into the serious drama bracket, but perhaps should be pushed further into the dull drama bracket. Eisenberg play Sam, an Orthodox Jew who is tricked into carrying drug on a plane; rather than learning from his mistake Sam realises that this is an easy way to make money. His criminality is diametrically opposite to the values of his friends and family, will he repent before it is too late?

`Holly Rollers' is a film that is hard to like, because so many of the people involve seem alien or unlikable. The Orthodox Jewish society is a closed one so it should be interesting that director Kevin Asch has chosen to peer inside. However, rather than making the viewer relate with the family of Sam, you feel just as alienated as he does. In many ways the family's strict lifestyle is to blame for Sam's actions. I'm not sure if this lack of sympathy is due to inadequate direction and acting on the part of the film makers, or my own inability to understand. Either way, with the moral compass of the film being off it is hard to care about anyone at all.

Eisenberg himself does not fare much better as he plays such as wimpish character that he soon becomes unlovable. Rather than facing his issues he chooses to whine about them. The one glimmer of light is Justin Bartha as the fallen Yosef. Bartha is able to bring some life into an otherwise near death film. Directed on a relatively low budget, Asch paints a grey world that is not great to look at, so High Definition is not really needed. The extras show that the intentions behind the filmmakers were good, but perhaps the tone was wrong.
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Sam TylerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2012
2.0 out of 5 stars
Roll On By
Jesse Eisenberg is an actor who has the rare ability to span both the serious drama and comedy genres. `Holly Rollers' is a film that fits squarely into the serious drama bracket, but perhaps should be pushed further into the dull drama bracket. Eisenberg play Sam, an Orthodox Jew who is tricked into carrying drug on a plane; rather than learning from his mistake Sam realises that this is an easy way to make money. His criminality is diametrically opposite to the values of his friends and family, will he repent before it is too late?

`Holly Rollers' is a film that is hard to like, because so many of the people involve seem alien or unlikable. The Orthodox Jewish society is a closed one so it should be interesting that director Kevin Asch has chosen to peer inside. However, rather than making the viewer relate with the family of Sam, you feel just as alienated as he does. In many ways the family's strict lifestyle is to blame for Sam's actions. I'm not sure if this lack of sympathy is due to inadequate direction and acting on the part of the film makers, or my own inability to understand. Either way, with the moral compass of the film being off it is hard to care about anyone at all.

Eisenberg himself does not fare much better as he plays such as wimpish character that he soon becomes unlovable. Rather than facing his issues he chooses to whine about them. The one glimmer of light is Justin Bartha as the fallen Yosef. Bartha is able to bring some life into an otherwise near death film. Directed on a relatively low budget, Asch paints a grey world that is not great to look at, so High Definition is not really needed. The extras show that the intentions behind the filmmakers were good, but perhaps the tone was wrong.
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