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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: Multiple Formats, 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: #201,383 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Doc and Great Story! March 23, 2012
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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. So, gambling is BAD, but what about using math to take money from casinos. Using math and probability, getting paid hourly to make a return on someone else's investment? Is it still 'gambling' if you statistically have the odds in your favor? A 35% return on investment seems like a pretty solid deal. It created some great discussion in our household and I highly recommend it!
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10 of 13 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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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 imperceptibly sucked into the ugly world of drug trafficking. Along with his rather devil-may-care fellow Hasid Yosef (an incongruously scary Justin Bartha), he becomes entangled in a web of international drug smuggling, specifically Ecstasy.

Set in 1998, the story goes that innocent Hasidic Jews were being convinced to be mules for the traffickers. They'd get sucked into thinking they were smuggling medicines for wealthy people - it is probably the central definition of a mule. Sam courts and eventually partners with the evil drug lord, who happens to be a 'fallen' Jew, and soon becomes the snare to trap innocent people into muling for the drug ring.

For all the hype that this is a true story, and Sam Gold finds his way clear to a good life after serving some time, the film unsettled me with its lousy home-video quality and style. The soundtrack is a nice reminder of the cool 90s techno (that was already on its way out in 1998). The cinematography is good, but not good enough. Of course I asked myself, how else would a story like this be shot? Theater-style? Mockumentary style, which I hate?

There's a little poem I sometimes say to myself after a film like this: They did what they could, and some of it is good. I don't think Eisenberg was a major player at the time, but he does carry the film. He's just not a very good actor. He is able to run through Hebrew prayers fairly expertly, but then I suspect he's run through them for real so that is no major accomplishment.

Get this: it is an invaluable lesson, it certainly teaches certain things extremely well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough to sustain interest for its duration March 19, 2013
By Galwayk
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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. Plus, they didn't seem that good at Blackjack.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Holy Rollers September 6, 2011
Anti-climatic movie featuring Hasidic drug smugglers. The whole thing was very slow-moving and the only saving grace was Jesse Eisenberg's awkwardness that fit his role perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story August 4, 2013
By Keith
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and inspiring July 7, 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very informative May 1, 2013
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very sincere people
done like a documentary
Christians with the right approach to Black Jack: to help others
Thank you
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on August 10, 2012 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 on June 17, 2012 by nina
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 Amazon Customer
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 Great Documentary-Extremely Well Done
An extremely interesting documentary about Christian card counters. I am friends with one of the guys who used to be on this team. A very unique and interesting story.
Published on March 12, 2012 by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it.
I had a couple minutes in this film, so I might be a little biased, but I had no clue that the film would turn out to be this well done. Everyone should give it a shot. Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by M. Scott
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