In one of the most talked-about films going into awards’ season, Adam Sandler makes his case as a potential Best Actor nominee in Uncut Gems.
Sandler stars as Howard Ratner, a vulgar New York City jeweler, who is constantly trying to score big in order to pay off a looming debt. Whether it’s pawning off jewelry he doesn’t own or placing bets, despite all of his efforts, Howard just can’t seem to catch a break.
We are introduced to Howard right away receiving a highly sought-after opal that he shows off to NBA star Kevin Garnett. Garnett falls in love with the gem immediately insisting that it is good luck for him. What ensues is a chaotic ride of Garnett taking the opal and Howard attempting to retrieve the gem for an auction that he promised it to. All the while, Howard is trying to find any way possible to come up with the money he owes and keep his dissolving marriage intact.
In a film that has the 7th most F-bombs of all time, Uncut Gems is an original drama with a 2 hour and 15-minute runtime that never really lets up from start to finish. Adam Sandler steals the show with his performance but allows room for other actors to shine, including a first-time performance from Kevin Garnett.
I thought the film was very chaotic and all over the place in the first half, but once it found it’s pacing and settled in, I found Uncut Gems to be a fascinating look inside the jeweling and betting worlds. I would give Uncut Gems a 7/10 and would not recommend taking your kids to this Sandler flick.