OK, to be absolutely clear: The Jesus Rolls is not an official sequel nor spinoff of 1998’s cult hit The Big Lebowski…but the film, written/directed/starring John Turturro, does feature the Lebowski character Jesus Quintana.
You remember Jesus Quintana, don’t you?
Only in this movie, apparently…it’s revealed that The Jesus is an unfortunate victim of a fake pedophilia accusation (that’s probably why the film’s opening in Europe first, for the pro-Roman Polanski contingent).
To just make things a bit more confusing, The Jesus Rolls is based on the 1974 French comedy Going Places by Bertrand Blier.
Here’s an official synopsis:
“…a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a surprising love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude towards the past or future backfires time and again, even as they inadvertently perform good deeds. When they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser, their journey becomes one of constant escape from the law, from society and from the hairdresser, all while the bonds of their outsider family strengthen.”
Which…would be fine if it wasn’t the only extant theoretical spin-off of a movie of The Big Lebowski’s caliber. It’s sort of like that Christmas Story sequel. It’s like Son of The Mask. It’s like Ace Ventura Jr.. It’s like that Dumb and Dumber prequel where they’re young and stuff. Pretty much anything spinning off of a Jim Carrey movie.
But I would imagine the Coen Brothers did Turturro, one of their key actors, a solid and let him use The Jesus. So.
I’ve seen the Italian trailer for The Jesus Rolls, and tonally it doesn’t seem to resemble The Big Lebowski at all. But God knows, we need more films about unjustly accused pedophiles…because certainly, it couldn’t have be the ENTIRE JOKE about the character in the original that he was indeed such a bad person, and yet also very serious about his bowling game.
The Jesus Rolls, filmed in 2016, will be released this October in Italy and then hit the United States sometime early 2020.
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