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The Jesus Rolls Blu-ray Review


“The Jesus Rolls” is a needless spin-off.

Serving as both an offshoot of The Big Lebowski” and a remake of the 1974 French film “Going Places,” “The Jesus Rolls” revolves around the character of Jesus Quintana character who is released from prison at the film’s start. As soon as he’s free, he immediately begins to commit crimes again with his pals Petey and Marie who embark on a series of misadventures that involve revenge against a hairdresser and Marie seeking an orgasm. 

Made 20 years after cult favorite “The Big Lebowski,” writer/director John Turturro’s “The Jesus Rolls” puts a supporting character (Jesus) in the spotlight and the results are decidedly mixed. Given that this movie serves as a spin-off and a remake of 2 different films, it’s no surprise that it feels like two different films. One feels like a comedy that tries to capture the spirit and quirk of the Coen Brothers (who aren’t involved in this) while the other feels like a French sex comedy. Together the movie feels a bit jumbled not to mention repetitious. Granted, it does have that meandering structure that Lebowski had, but this fast paced story really goes nowhere, well, fast. It’s mostly a series of crimes with this trio of characters bonding through their crime spree.

The cast is certainly loaded with talent like John Turturro, Christopher Walken, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Audrey Tautou, Pete Davidson, Susan Sarandon, J.B. Smoove, and Tim Blake Nelson, but only Turturro, Cannavale and Tatou have significant roles. Sadly, there are no other Lebowski characters here in case you were wondering. Turturro seems to be enjoying stepping back into the purple shoes of this character but he can’t quite do the voice of the character anymore. The real scene stealer here is the spirited Marie played by a charming Audrey Tautou of “Amelie” fame. 


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: 5.1 Surround. Grade: B+

Extras include Screen Media trailers and a laidback amusing but informative commentary by John Turturro and Bobby Cannavale that is arguably more entertaining than the movie itself.

April 24, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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