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The Safdie Brothers love to make movies about down-and-out folks making one terrible choice after another. These movies are endurance tests of a sort – narratives that ask: “How long can you put up with what the main character is putting up with?” Uncut Gems, the latest descent into poor choices from the filmmakers, pushes the situation to the limit, setting Adam Sandler on a journey from one terrible idea to the next. On one hand, it’s a treat to watch Sandler break out of his endless stream of bargain-basement Netflix comedies to try something like this. On the other hand, by the time the journey ends, you might want to watch one of those terrible comedies just to cleanse your palate.
Adam Sandler can act. Sure, he doesn’t have what you’d call “range”, but when he feels like trying, he can turn in something remarkable. Punch-Drunk Love is the best example of this, with Sandler using his angry man-child persona in a whole new light. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is another wonderful outlier, with Sandler giving perhaps the quietest performance of his career. Even in dreck like The Cobbler, Sandler illustrates untapped potential. So the prospect of seeing the actor in a new indie from the Safdie Brothers (Good Time) is too good to ignore.
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But Sandler isn’t doing anything new here. Once the novelty of watching him in this type of film wears off, all you’re left with is another performance from the actor in which he shouts every single line like a man ordering a drink in a crowded bar. It wears you down after a while, man. And perhaps that’s exactly the point – perhaps the Safdies want you to walk out of Uncut Gems and mutter, “Jesus Christ, that was exhausting.”
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