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Holy Rollers

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

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.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 8 July 2011
  • Duration:89 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Kevin Asch
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