Holy Rollers

Film, Comedy
2 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

After Jesse Eisenberg was Oscar-nominated for ‘The Social Network’, it became inevitable that this dreary drugsploitation drama – given a limited release in the US last summer – would finally find its way into UK cinemas. It’s an overfamiliar tale – an innocent young man is lured into the lucrative world of drug smuggling and lives the high life for a brief time before it comes crashing down – with the added twist that the lead characters are observant Hasidic Jews. There’s nothing inherently wrong with ‘Holy Rollers’: the plot ticks along, Eisenberg is comfortable in the lead and first-timer Kevin Asch directs with confidence. But equally, there’s nothing we’ve not seen before in the likes of ‘Blow’ and ‘Goodfellas’: cue the glitzy nightclubs, raging parties, heavy comedowns, trips to fashionable European destinations, the off-limits boss’s girlfriend making eyes at our hapless hero and the inevitable clampdown by the forces of law and order. This is moviemaking on autopilot.


Release details

Release date:
Friday July 8 2011
89 mins

Cast and crew

Kevin Asch

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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I liked it just fine. The script lost it a bit at times and the themes (other than the religious twist) were hardly original. So what? Perfectly watchable.