Adam Sandler’s having a solid 2019. His stand-up special on Netflix garnered surprisingly strong reviews, his most recent guest hosting of SNL reminded people of how funny he can be when he cares, and Murder Mystery… well, apparently it was popular? Sandler has always been a guy of immense talent who has been all too happy to skate by on charm, nostalgia, and whatever sponsorships he can wrangle for the extended vacations he calls productions. So it’s always fascinating to see what happens when Sandler decides to give a crap for a change.
Enter the Sadfie brothers, directors of Good Time. An unusual fit for Sandler, sure, but nobody could have ever predicted how naturally and effectively he would end up working with Paul Thomas Anderson, so why not? Uncut Gems made its rounds on the festival circuit at both Telluride and Toronto, where it garnered rave reviews and some of the best write-ups of Sandler’s career. In the TIFF critics report card put together by IndieWire, Sandler was ranked as the third-best performance of the festival, sandwiched in-between Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Lopez. Could Oscars be on the horizon? It’s not inconceivable.
The first trailer for Uncut Gems dropped today and it does look like one hell of a trip.
Set in New York’s Diamond District, Sandler plays Howard Ratner, a skeezy jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous who finds himself in hot water when debts pile up and his merchandise is taken from him. Sandler stars alongside Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, The Weeknd, and Judd Hirsch.
Uncut Gems opens in American cinemas on December 13 and will receive a Netflix release internationally.
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