Jesse Eisenberg proves that neurotic, frail-looking kids have existed in all strata of society throughout the history of mankind. And that’s a good thing, because somebody has to stand up to the bad guys, and it might as well be the apparent lightweights.
Playing an orthodox Jew in Holy Rollers, which opens today exclusively at the Angelika Dallas, Eisenberg fits right in. Directed by Kevin Asch from a script by Antonio Macia, and inspired by true events, the film begins in Brooklyn as a very righteous, innocent Sam Gold (Eisenberg) looks forward to an arranged marriage with a nice Jewish girl. He works hard with his father (Mark Ivanir), who owns a fabric business, and is quite content to toe the line.