Holy Rollers

Holy Rollers


(Cinema City-June 9th 2010)


Let me take this opportunity to say two things. Firstly, that this film once again shows what I have always known and that is Yellow Sweatshirt Boy (Jesse Eisenberg) is an accomplished and talented actor, and should not be lumped into the same category as Red Sweatshirt Boy.

Secondly, I would just like to make you aware of one thing. This film cost a bit over a million dollars. The guy who wrote it had some money to put up. So he tells the guy who directed it, “Hey, can you get a chunk of change together so that we can have enough to make the flick?” The chunk of change amounts to over $100,000 buck-a-roos. And the director gets it. How does he get it, you ask? From his mom. That’s right, his mom has 100K lying around and says, “Here son. Go make movies.”

Are you listening family! This is how it is done. I know I must somehow be related to you, Francis Ford Coppola. You seem to be related to everybody. This is an important part of the filmmaking process…getting money from your rich family.

OK…so the film gets made, gets picked up and will (hopefully) make good and turn a nice profit (the box office stats I saw didn’t look too good…but hey, when you get money from mom and wind up with a distribution deal…that’s not so bad).

And OK…it is a purportedly true story about Hasidic Jew drug smugglers. A Jewish themed crime movie may not be what the masses seem to be craving so who is going to fund a picture like this, if not your momma? After all, as David Letterman puts it, we want to see movies from genius filmmakers about places where people are blue and everybody flies.

So, I guess that is all. The movie is pretty good. And the Jewish heritage gives it a nice unique slant on the typical rags-to-riches-to-jail type drug story we all know and love. And, perhaps Yellow Sweatshirt Boy assimilates into the druggy world too quickly after establishing his character as shy, introverted, and meager in the beginning. But, I think it still works. Look at the scene where he heckles with a customer at his dad’s shop and his dad is displeased. This angers him. Now look at him use this same strategy during a drug deal (his first time speaking up) and see how everybody rewards his ingenuity. He is wanted here. People like to be wanted. They adapt.

They might not turn blue and fly, but they adapt.

Oh, and, friends and readers can give me money too.

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