The Jesus Rolls (review)

The Jesus Rolls (review)
The Jesus Rolls (review)
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John Turturro wrote and directed this film, which is based on the 1974 French comedy Going Places. He also stars, recreating the role he originated for The Big Lebowski (with the Coen Brother’s permission but not their involvement).  Jesus is a petty criminal who gets out of jail and is met by his close friend (Bobby Cannavale). Their travel spree involves a free-spirited French woman (Audrey Taauou), stealing cars, group sex and a few of the director’s New York friends in supporting roles (John Hamm, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken, Pete Davidson). The plot follows a similar trajectory to the original, but Turturro’s input lacks much charm or style (apparently the Coen’s influence didn’t help much). The trios ramble about, have brief encounters and blather a lot. The performances are all well-intentioned, but it’s more a curiosity to watch this ensemble have fun in their unusual roles.

 

2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)

 

On Showtime & Hulu

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