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Uncut Gems

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2019
  • Benny Safdie
  • 135 mins
  • 15

Summary

With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A wheeler-dealer jeweller in New York's diamond district believes an Ethiopian opal is the answer to all his problems in a breathless thrill-ride from sibling directors Benny and Josh Safdie. Adam Sandler is a revelation as incorrigible motormouth Howard Ratner, whose attempt to juggle family life and a young mistress with his addiction to sports gambling begins to fray when irate creditors and thuggish debt collectors come a-calling. Throw in real-life basketball star Kevin Garnett (playing himself), who becomes obsessed by the opal, and Ratner's hyperactive house of cards goes into a tailspin. Though set in 2012, the Safdies' follow-up to hustler-on-the-lam thriller Good Time is reminiscent of moody 1970s gems like The Gambler and Save the Tiger, while the clever combination of Darius Khondji's visuals and Daniel Lopatin's incisive electro score reinforces the sense of claustrophobia and desperation. Idina Menzel (as Ratner's miffed missus) and debuting Julia Fox (as his lover) stand out in a classy cast, but this is Sandler's show. It says a lot for his performance that despite Ratner being an infuriating risk junkie, you cannot help rooting for him, especially during the nerve-jangling climax.

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Credits

Cast

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Howard RatnerAdam Sandler
Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
DinahIdina Menzel
DemanyLaKeith Stanfield
JuliaJulia Fox
ArnoEric Bogosian
The WeekndThe Weeknd
MarcelNoa Fisher
GooeyJudd Hirsch

Crew

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DirectorBenny Safdie
DirectorJosh Safdie

Details

Theatrical distributor
Netflix
Released on
2020-01-10
Languages
English | Hebrew
Guidance
violence, swearing, drug abuse
Formats
Colour
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