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Releases December 25, 2019
A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Howard Ratner
Julia Fox ... Julia
Kevin Garnett Kevin Garnett ... Kevin Garnett
The Weeknd ... The Weeknd
Idina Menzel ... Dinah
Jonathan Aranbayev ... Eddie
Jacob Igielski ... Beni
Noa Fisher ... Marcel
Paloma Elsesser Paloma Elsesser ... Kat
LaKeith Stanfield ... Demany
Eric Bogosian ... Arno
Keith Williams Richards ... Phil
Tommy Kominik ... Nico
Louis Anthony Arias Louis Anthony Arias ... Buddy
Sean Ringgold ... Bodyguard #1 (Stunt)
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From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

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(Rated R for pervasive strong language, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use)

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25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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The first draft of the script was written in 2009. In 2012, the Safdie Brothers gave Adam Sandler the screenplay, which he declined. When the movie got financed after the success of Good Time in 2017, the role went to Jonah Hill, then back to Adam Sandler in April 2018. See more »

Quotes

Howard Ratner: This is me! This is how *I* win.
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Referenced in Lights Out with David Spade: Episode #1.21 (2019) See more »

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Swimming Pools (Drank)
Written by Kendrick Lamar and T-Minus
Performed by Kendrick Lamar
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An Intense Roller-Coaster
15 September 2019 | by kjproulxSee all my reviews

It has been a fascinating ride watching the numerous ups and downs of Adam Sandler's career. From classic comedies like Happy Gilmore to great dramatic performances like Reign Over Me, he has proven time and time again that he is a very talented guy. The problem is that he has let himself fall out of the spotlight over the last ten years, simply due to the fact that he has been choosing some of the worst films of each year, on multiple occasions. In what might be the greatest performance he has ever given, Uncut Gems is his latest role that will be released this fall. After viewing this at the Toronto International Film Festival and giving it a little time to sink in, I can confidently say that this will end up being one of my favourite films of 2019 by year's end.

Following a jewelry store owner in Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) as he gets his hands on a precious gemstone from Ethiopia, he decides to lend it to an NBA star in good faith. What sadly becomes apparent is the fact that he has many issues under the surface. Being a really shady figure and having a serious gambling addiction ends up giving this movie an insane amount of tension. This is a roller coaster ride of claustrophobia and I couldn't get enough of it.

Directors Benny and Josh Safdie have been quietly building a solid little career for themselves. Having worked on very small indie projects like Heaven Knows What and then one of 2017s very best movies in Good Time, they're truly a duo that this industry needs. Their creativity always leaps off the screen in a way that feels very different from other filmmakers working today. This is a movie that heavily relies on pacing, editing, and performances. With a screenplay that requires nearly every performer to constantly be in motion or talking over one another, this movie barely gives you a second to catch a breath.

By the time the third act begins, you'll probably wonder why you have been so invested in Sandler's portrayal of Howard because he's really not the best person. With that said, it's the fact that he is a terrible person deep down and is so greedy that is what made it so engaging and unnerving at times. With the use of periodic psychedelic imagery, a pulse-poundingly superb score, and a slew of uberly talented performers, Uncut Gems is a movie that states from the very beginning that it's a contender for the upcoming awards season.

Overall, some viewers will absolutely wonder what the point of the movie was, due to the nature of how the final few minutes play out, but it was precisely these final moments that took me off guard and had me loving it even more. Personally, I feel that audiences have become impatient with films these days and anything over an hour and a half may seem like a chore to them if they're not completely on board, so that's why I would recommend this movie. It's not short, but the way this movie is put together makes it fly by. I believe this movie can be appreciated by many viewers. Uncut Gems is easily one of the years best films.


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