Review in Brief: The Jesus Rolls (2019)

I’m not sure who was asking for a spin-off movie for everyone’s favourite sex offender from THE BIG LEBOWSKI, but we’ve got one. John Turturro clearly saw enough in this to write, direct and star, but aside from a certain shambolic charm and the odd laugh at a cringeworthy situation I can’t say it’s the best use of your time, not even 1 hour 25 minutes worth. Turturro has assembled an impressive cast (Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou join him for the duration, Susan Sarandon’s there for a bit, John Hamm and Christopher Walken get a scene apiece) to do unimpressive things. There’s a lot of very unsexy sex, joyriding and running out of restaurants and it’s all without purpose. But Turturro frames shots nicely and his bizarre chemistry with his cast makes you wonder if this is just the kind of movie The Jesus would have wanted. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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1 Response to Review in Brief: The Jesus Rolls (2019)

  1. Sam Simon says:

    I thought it was a bad idea when it was announced, and apparently the whole world thinks it’s a bad idea after seeing it… Not surprisingly!

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