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.).
Director: Kevin Asch
Producer: Danny Abeckaser, Jen Gatien, Per Melita, Tory Tunnell, Kevin Asch, Marat Rosenberg, Isaac Gindi and Dave Berlin
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Ari Graynor, Danny Abeckaser, Mark Ivanir, Elizabeth Marvel, Jason Fuchs, Q-Tip, Bern Cohen, Charlie Hewson, Hallie Eisenberg, Andrew Levitas, Marc Rose, Stella Keitel and Omer Barnea