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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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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?Read more ›
Living in a financially struggling household and helping with the family business, Sammy worries about providing for his future arranged wife. So, he naively accepts an offer from Yosef to import "medicine" from Amsterdam. Upon their return, Sammy discovers that they had been moving drugs (ecstasy) and feels conflicted about it. From this point, we see Sammy slowly transform, shedding his morals one by one, into a drug dealer's right hand man.
Sammy and his humble father wrestle about the importance of money versus happiness as he lies to him about his whereabouts. The father's character, while little more than ancillary, brings a strong sincerity to the film; a moral compass that keeps the audience from becoming slowly corrupted without noticing the change--much as Sammy is, scene by scene, throughout the story. Sammy slips smoothly into the clothes of another personality completely unaware until he turns and sees his former self in his wake, like a hollow cast chrysalis.
As Yosef, Bartha, whom we're accustomed to seeing in more charming roles innocently sporting an "aw shucks" smile, performs brilliantly as Sammy's loose cannon field trainer.Read more ›
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Well portrayed. Disturbing and sorrowful story of the lure of drugs infiltrating a community that assumed was safeguarded because of their faith and values.Published 9 months ago by S.B.
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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 morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Galwayk
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 morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Minghia
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 morePublished on June 17, 2012 by nina
Could have been a decent movie, and probabley would only be interesting IF the viewer is a evangelical christian. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on April 15, 2012 by pingPong