Holy Rollers 2012 R CC

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Inspired by a true story of a young Hasidic man who was lured into the world of international drug trafficking in the late 90s.

Starring:
Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

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Holy Rollers

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Genres Drama
Director Kevin Asch
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha
Supporting actors Ari Graynor, Danny A. Abeckaser, Mark Ivanir, Elizabeth Marvel, Jason Fuchs, Q-Tip, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Bern Cohen, Stella Keitel, David Vadim, Charlie Hewson, Penny Bittone, Ori Pfeffer, Andrew Levitas, Marc Rose, Omer Barnea, Karina Arroyave, Alizée Guinochet
Studio Cinetic
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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A very enjoyable movie for an ex-Brooklynite.
KARAOKEJUNKIE
Here is a new take on Jewish religious life today - or even on all religious life in the world today.
Doctor.Generosity
These guys are mired in making money for money's sake.
Kavity Killer

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kavity Killer on June 22, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Little on 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Bean on February 5, 2011
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I love independent films and 'Holy Rollers' is a good, indie crime-thriller in the best sense. It uses it's minimal budget quite well drawing us into the everyday life of it's protagonist then using character-development and good direction to tell a crime-story that, while familiar never gets boring.

'Holy Rollers' is about Shmuel (or "Sam") a Hasidic Jew who's studying to become a rabbi and wants to start his own family in his community. When he starts to get frustrated with his family's traditional ways (and lack of money) and his failure with an arranged marriage Sam meets his neighbor, Yosef who draws him into the criminal world of smuggling drugs. While you can pretty much guess how this story plays out it's the film's contrasting of these two worlds (the slow, difficult traditional life vs. the fast and easy criminal life) that make it so engaging. I myself am unfamiliar with the Jewish and Hasidic traditions and was fascinated with the film's portrayal of this community. You really feel Sam's frustrations and restlessness with his family and can understand why he makes the choices he does.

Jesse Eisenberg is getting a lot of recognition for his performance in 'Social Network' but I think he's equally good as Sam giving a sort of 'every-person' performance that I found perfectly relatable. Also good is Justin Bartha as Yosef who's eager to take Sam under his wing but starts to get uncomfortable when Sam proves the smarter criminal.

While 'Holy Rollers' doesn't exactly tell an original story and is a bit lower-key than a lot of other crime films it is very well-made and gives us a look into a community that rarely gets explored in film. A must-see for indie and crime film fans!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Galwayk on March 19, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amethyst Sunshine Daisies on September 6, 2011
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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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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dee J. on September 30, 2010
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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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By Keith on August 4, 2013
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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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By Gerald K. Yancey on February 10, 2012
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I liked this movie. I watched it with friends from my temple. We each seemed to have varying opinions of it. I, being retired law enforcement of course saw it differently then others.
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