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Adam Sandler plays Howard Ratner in the award-winning film 'Uncut Gems.'

Adam Sandler's White-Knuckle Movie 'Uncut Gems' Is Now On Netflix

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By Emily Reily

The Adam Sandler suspense/drama Uncut Gems is now on Netflix, and it's worth a watch for several reasons.

Maybe one of the biggest reasons, though, to catch this brilliant piece of filmmaking is that it's the movie where Adam Sandler was shockingly snubbed from an Oscar nomination, when many critics said it was among his best work, so odds are you'll enjoy it.

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Uncut Gems is about Howard Ratner, a jeweler in New York City who is also a diehard gambler. Ratner, who owns jewelry store KMH, decides to go all in on a very precious stone, an Ethiopian black opal, that was mined in Africa.

One of Ratner's business associates who recruits clients brings in Celtics player Kevin Garnett (played by himself), who happens to be there when Ratner's precious jewel arrives.

Garnett is immediately enamored of the stone, and wants to hold on to it at that night's game. Ratner agrees, but holds onto Garnett's championship ring for collateral.

Adam Sandler has a gleam in his eye during 'Uncut Gems.'
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The problem -- one of many -- is that Ratner is already thousands of dollars in debt, and he's so addicted that to the win that he makes a fateful series of seriously bad choices.

The movie was directed by Josh and Bennie Safdie and was first given a limited release late last year. The movie made $50 million domestically, and Sandler won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.

Some called Uncut Gems one of the best films of the year. The Safdie brothers also received several accolades.

'Uncut Gems' may be well worth your time.
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Given all that, it was surprising that Sandler's performance was overlooked by the Oscars, likely because overall, he's considered a comedic actor. But it seems that given the right tools to work with, Sandler can pull off more roles than we know.

Deadline wrote about the film last year around the time of its release, and the Safdies gushed about Sandler's talent, saying he successfully memorized a monologue for them about 10 minutes before they had to film it.

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Deadline also reported that the Safdie brothers, with co-writer Ronald Bronstein, went through about 160 drafts of the screenplay until they struck gold with the final version.

What's even more fun trivia is that the Safdies used actual jewelers in the film, which brought an unusual energy to the set.

According to Josh Safdie: “You have Adam who is raising his game because he wants to come off as a real jeweler, and then you have these guys who are nervous because they have to raise their game next to Sandler.”

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