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Source: A24

'Uncut Gems' Shines a Spotlight on New York City's Infamous Diamond District

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If you’re surprised to be hearing Oscar buzz around Adam Sandler’s name, you’re not the only one. The 53-year-old received rave reviews for his starring role in the new crime thriller Uncut Gems, which follows a New York City jeweler.

The SNL alum plays Howard Ratner, a gambling addict with a mistress and a loan shark brother-in-law who refuses to cut him any slack. It’s safe to say you’ve never seen the comedian quite like this before. 

Is Uncut Gems based on a true story?

Thankfully, the plot of the R-rated movie didn’t happen in real life (read spoilers if you’re curious to know what goes down), but co-directors and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie were inspired by the stories their dad used to tell them about working in an area of Midtown Manhattan known as the Diamond Distract.