Dir. Kevin Asch
(2010, R, 89 min)
★ ★ ½

When Sam Gold (Jesse Eisenberg), an impressionable Brooklyn Hasid who longs to someday provide for a family of his own, is seduced into the world of drug smuggling in Holy Rollers, it’s shown as a gaudy collection of red-lit nightclubs, sexy women, wads of cash, and glamorously shady characters. Director Kevin Asch’s idea of corruption isn’t exactly subtle. In his feature directing debut, he often overplays his hand, brushing up close to sentimental Afterschool Special territory. A good Jewish boy starts swimming with sharks, gets in over his head — if only he’d listened to his tata. Goodfellas it’s not … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org.