The Jesus Rolls


In this wildly raucous comedy from writer/director/star John Turturro, The Big Lebowski’s unforgettably odd criminal/bowler Jesus Quintana returns to the screen in an all-new adventure.   Hours after being released from prison for good behavior, Jesus Quintana (Turturro) reunites with his best friend and fellow underachiever Petey (Bobby Cannavale). In the first in a series of rapidly escalating bad decisions, they steal a vintage car parked in front of an upscale salon and hit the road for a no-holds-barred joyride — until the car’s gun-toting owner (Jon Hamm) catches up with them, wounding Petey. Fleeing the scene with fiercely free-spirited shampooist Marie (Audrey Tautou), Jesus and Petey continue their adventure in a series of stolen cars, cementing their partnership with an epic petty-crime spree and a three-way romance. A darkly funny, irreverent and freewheeling road movie, The Jesus Rolls revives the beloved character from the Coen Brothers’ cult classic while paying tribute to the 1974 French farce Les Valseuses. Also starring Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken and Pete Davidson. (Dir. by John Turturro, 2019, USA, 85 mins., Rated R)