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Rated R · 100 min. · 2010

One-joke “topical” melodrama sends an innocent, obedient, incurious young Brooklyn Orthodox Jew (Jesse Eisenberg) off to decadent Europe as an unwitting drug mule, schlepping ecstasy back to New York for a gang of Israeli smugglers – it’s “medicine,” and just do what you’re told, kid. See Sammy cringe at the hedonism. See Sammy discover making big money and schtupping girls. See his parents wail. See the insidious head smuggler Jackie (Danny A. Abeckaser) steal the movie. The m.o. is that in those pre-9/11 days, US customs officers wouldn’t frisk anyone in full Hasidic drag. Screenwriter Antonio Macia and director Kevin Asch work the material for all it’s worth, but aside from Eisenberg and Abeckaser’s perfs, it ain’t worth more than one or two chuckles (89 min.).

See our full review: Ethnic Studies with <i>Ondine</i> and <i>Holy Rollers</i>

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Director: Kevin Asch
Writer: Antonio Macia
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckaser, Ari Graynor, Jason Fuchs, Q-Tip, Bern Cohen, Mark Ivanir, Charlie Hewson and Elizabeth Marvel

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