While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho cult de-programmer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway…
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1 1/2 out of 5 stars. While I was mesmerized by the cinematography and some of the imagery I hated just about everything else about Holy Shi--Smoke. I feel that if Pam Grier would've gotten more than 5 minutes of screen time her character could've salvaged some of this shit show but I think I'm just angry over the 2 hours I wasted on this movie. Ultimately there are just some movies a naked Kate Winslet cannot save.
Depends on whether you want movie to approach you or the other way around; the director doesn't make it obvious which way to go. It's absurd like a failed joke but not clear whether intended (I believe it's): Nice scenes abruptly cut short, bad scenes popping up unexpectedly, glimpses of romance ruined by bad humor, suggest me that it's meant to be funny at the meta-movie level (like a barock comedy).