Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems (2019) Director: The Safdie Bros (Joshua and Benjamin)

★★☆☆☆

While I appreciate most movies to emerge from studio A24, Uncut Gems was simply not my cup of tea. It features an endless stream of screaming profanities in every single scene with a cast of lying, thieving characters in a soulless world driven only by despair and desperate attempts to get money. Adam Sandler plays Howard, a low-brow New York City gem salesman who is constantly gambling away whatever little money he has, while fruitlessly attempting to talk his way out of situations. His wife despises him, his children don’t listen to him, and he has an apartment in the city for his young mistress. He is a character that we love to hate as we watch him unravel. In the film, there are some cameos by Kevin Garnett and The Weeknd though Adam Sandler steals the show as we watch Howard desperately attempt to pay back his mounting creditors before the clock runs out.

Life is just to short to waste on movies like this —Uncut Gems features an extremely stressful plot with no redemption in the end as Howard is shockingly murdered along with his brother-in-law. Apparently there are some interesting Jewish themes of suffering in the world underlying the film, but honestly there are better movies than this.

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