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Holy Rollers (2010)

Jesse Eisenberg , Justin Bartha , Kevin Asch  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Ari Granor
  • Directors: Kevin Asch
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q7B7CO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,035 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Holy Rollers" on IMDb

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A crime thriller inspired by true events about a drug ring trafficking ecstasy pills to the New York Club scene. Sam Gold, studying to become a Rabbi, reluctantly follows the path his family has chosen for him. A charming neighbor, Yosef , senses Sam's discontent and propositions him to transport medicine for an Israeli dealer, and his girlfriend, Rachel.
Sam quickly demonstrates his business skill to his bosses, who instantly take Sam under their wing. Exposed to the exciting and gritty worlds of Manhattan and Amsterdam nightlife, Sam spirals deeper into their lifestyle. Sam s double life begins to rip his family apart. Slowly he comes to realize the façade behind the easy money and parties. Caught between life as a smuggler and the righteous path, he goes on the run, forced to make a fatal decision that could bring the entire operation crashing down.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Note: The product page has combined two DIFFERENT movies with the same title. This is for the Jesse Eisenberg drama, not the card counting documentary. I informed the big A, but it doesn't look like they're inclined to separate the reviews.

In truth, I had never heard of the picture "Holy Rollers" but the idea of Jesse Eisenberg as a Hasidic Jew who becomes entrenched in a drug mule operation held an undeniable appeal. And this film is one of those undiscovered little gems--it may not rock your world, but it's a solidly constructed character study based on a real world case. Funny, moving, and suspenseful--I quite enjoyed this film. The depiction of Eisenberg's orthodox upbringing is well served, but his decision to color outside the lines is also believably demonstrated. As he is seduced to the dark side, the transition is well wrought. In fact, I think this is one of Eisenberg's most well rounded performances--one that uses his offbeat mannerisms to good affect.

The story, in and of itself, is undeniably fascinating--it documents a ring of Ecstasy smugglers in the late nineties who transported their wares internationally using the least likely suspects. Justin Bartha colorfully portrays the neighborhood bad boy who eschews the conventional expectations of the Hasidic community. Eisenberg is his neighbor and friend who becomes a bit disillusioned as his life does not seem to be going precisely as planned. When Bartha proposes an opportunity for Eisenberg to score some cash for traveling to Amsterdam, he is reluctant. But after an initial foray into this new venture, he begins to embrace it more and more. The corruption of innocence and the seduction of power are primary themes in this tale of lawlessness. But how far is he willing to go? And is there any way out?
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific film - excellent performances September 30, 2010
By Dee J.
Format:DVD
I was pleasantly surprised in the effective performance of Jesse Eisenberg; Justin Bartha is always good for a little comic relief, too. You might not believe the premise, if it wasn't based on factual events. I think that this is a film most people would find interesting, with some interesting depth.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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A bunch of Evangelical 20-something dudes form a blackjack team and make money. It frees them up to spend more time with their churches. The money's in their freezers or under their mattresses. These guys are mired in making money for money's sake. What's wrong with that? Well, what did you contribute? Did you make some art? Did you learn a skill that benefits others? Did you lay down your life for your brother? Did you give all your possessions to the poor? For anyone, this lifestyle is pathetic, for self professed christians, its abhorrent. These guys are judging the casinos as hypocritical and greedy. They style themselves as righteous crusaders, then whine about it when they get kicked out of the casino. It doesn't even cross their mind that they're suckling at the same teat---fast, easy, money. Nor does it occur to them that there could more meaningful ways to make said money, ways that might make them better people. Anyway, as a documentary its great, but don't be fooled by the surface message.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corruption of the innocent in an Hasidic Jewish community February 28, 2011
Format:DVD
This recent 2010 film is based on a true story that happened in the late 1990s. A group of Hasidic Jews from Brooklyn were used as couriers to smuggle large quantities of ecstasy from Amsterdam into the United States. They were able to get away with it for a while because with their distinctive way of dressing they do not meet the profile of drug dealers. Jessie Eisenberg is cast in the role of Sam, the innocent who gets corrupted. He is 20 years old, shy around women, and dislikes working in his father's fabric business. His friend, Yosef, played by Justin Bartha, is also an orthodox Jew but is much more worldly. He recruits Sam by telling him he is importing medicine. That ruse works for only a little while and then the young Sam gets smarter, is introduced to the high life in Amsterdam and starts to enjoy the money and the criminality.

How this all turns out is predictable, of course, but I really did enjoy this film. Eisenberg is a fine actor and it is easy to identify with his conflicting emotions that are both comic and somehow pathetic. The whole cast, does a fine job and the Hassidic Jewish community comes across as being real.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
In truth, I had never heard of the picture "Holy Rollers" but the idea of Jesse Eisenberg as a Hasidic Jew who becomes entrenched in a drug mule operation held an undeniable appeal. And this film is one of those undiscovered little gems--it may not rock your world, but it's a solidly constructed character study based on a real world case. Funny, moving, and suspenseful--I quite enjoyed this film. The depiction of Eisenberg's orthodox upbringing is well served, but his decision to color outside the lines is also believably demonstrated. As he is seduced to the dark side, the transition is well wrought. In fact, I think this is one of Eisenberg's most well rounded performances--one that uses his offbeat mannerisms to good affect.

The story, in and of itself, is undeniably fascinating--it documents a ring of Ecstasy smugglers in the late nineties who transported their wares internationally using the least likely suspects. Justin Bartha colorfully portrays the neighborhood bad boy who eschews the conventional expectations of the Hasidic community. Eisenberg is his neighbor and friend who becomes a bit disillusioned as his life does not seem to be going precisely as planned. When Bartha proposes an opportunity for Eisenberg to score some cash for traveling to Amsterdam, he is reluctant. But after an initial foray into this new venture, he begins to embrace it more and more. The corruption of innocence and the seduction of power are primary themes in this tale of lawlessness. But how far is he willing to go? And is there any way out?

A taut and succinct screenplay maintains the film's momentum as Eisenberg rises in importance. The movie does a great job documenting the real danger of the enterprise and undeniable allure it holds for our young protagonist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Card counting Christians was a great video documentary. I love the true story and have even talked on the phone with Colin himself!!! highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and inspiring
Apparently there are many ways of having income of which I am not aware. Awareness has increased. The video was spot-on for hazards and rewards. Well done.
Published 9 months ago by S. Moretto
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative
very sincere people
done like a documentary
Christians with the right approach to Black Jack: to help others
Thank you
Published 11 months ago by Lee Ezell
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough to sustain interest for its duration
At the end of the day just the story of another bunch of lazy, hypocritical , Jesus jockeys justifying their way of life. It all felt a little directionless. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Galwayk
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Trick to Take the Money of Naive People
This movie is nothing more than a set up to drive people to buy their courses in the Internet. Like "The Secret", "Rich Daddy, Poor Daddy" and so on, this is all about making the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Minghia
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New
This was a decent movie but it is stereotypical when it comes to films about drugs. Everything has been done a million times and the only difference was the Jewish spin on the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by nina
4.0 out of 5 stars In the Garden, G-d called out to Adam, "Where are you?"
HOLY ROLLERS (dir. Kevin Asch, 2010, 89 minutes) based on a heartbreaking true story. Jesse Eisenberg plays Sam Gold, a young Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn who gets almost... Read more
Published 23 months ago by E. Hernandez
1.0 out of 5 stars More about born-again christians than card counting
Could have been a decent movie, and probabley would only be interesting IF the viewer is a evangelical christian. Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by D.M.K
3.0 out of 5 stars modest, expected more intensity
of course i thought of "blow" when watching this movie,but where "blow" was not afraid to push the emotional drama, "holy rollers" is quite modest. jesse shows promise as an actor. Read more
Published on April 15, 2012 by pingPong
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Doc and Great Story!
Sat down and watched this last night. The whole subject is really fascinating, and the guys in it are incredibly sincere. I love how it addressed the 'grey' area. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by T. Little
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