Watch The Jesus Rolls
- 1 hr 25 min
The Jesus Rolls is a 2019 American crime-comedy film directed by John Turturro, who also wrote the script. The movie is a spin-off of the iconic character Jesus Quintana from The Big Lebowski, a 1998 cult classic. The film stars John Turturro as Jesus Quintana, and it also features Bobby Cannavale as Petey, Audrey Tautou as Marie, a woman Jesus meets while being released from prison, and Susan Sarandon as Jean, a wealthy woman who also becomes wrapped up in Jesus's adventures. The movie begins with Jesus being released from prison after serving several years for previously offending the law. As Jesus leaves the prison gates, he is greeted by his best friend Petey, who picks him up in his vintage car. As they cruise around New York City, they get into trouble, and the pair soon find themselves embarking on a wild and unpredictable journey that involves car chases, violent encounters, sexual escapades, and petty crimes. Along the way, they encounter Marie, a hairdresser, who becomes romantically involved with Jesus. This leads to a series of antics involving her jealous husband, her young son, and various other characters they meet on their travels. The film is loosely based on the French film Les Valseuses from 1974 which follows two carefree young men who embark on a journey of self-discovery, including crime and sexual encounters. Like the French original, The Jesus Rolls is a sexually charged film with many graphic sex scenes voyeuristically viewed by the audience. This film covers some tough topics, such as sex and prison life, with incessant laughter, making it more of a comedy than its predecessor. The Jesus Rolls is a fast-paced film, filled with twists and turns, and a barrage of rapid-fire humor. It is bold and refreshing, taking chances throughout, and never quite leaving you sure of your footing. The cinematography is striking, with beautiful aerial shots of the city and the countryside. The locations are vast and varied, from the streets of New York City to the forests and lakes of rural America. John Turturro does a fantastic job of bringing Jesus Quintana to life, capturing the frenetic energy of his character's personality with ease; his mannerisms and swagger are spot-on, creating a character that is both fascinating and repulsive. Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou are also strong in their performances, bringing depth and humor to their respective supporting roles. The movie is not for everyone, because of the sexually charged scenes, and because it is not a traditional Hollywood flick. But for those who are fans of the original character or are looking for a fresh and daring comedy, The Jesus Rolls will surely satisfy their appetite. All in all, The Jesus Rolls is a quirky, fast-paced, and entertaining film that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Despite its loose plot and focus on characters over plot, it is thoroughly enjoyable and does not disappoint. The film showcases Turturro's talent as a writer, director, and actor, and is a must-see for fans of the genre.