Adam Sandler, despite being one of the most-loved comedic actors in Hollywood, isn't known for starring in the most critically acclaimed of movies. Harsh, I know. But it's true.
As much as we love him, we've got to admit, he often stars in chick-flick comedies, which don't tend to fare too well on cynical movie rating websites.
But ahead of the release of his new film, Sandler has spoken out about his plans for future movies.
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Adam Sandler has had one hell of a career.
via: GettyAnd it's needless to say, he has become one of our country's most recognizable and well-loved comedic actors.
Sandler found his fame after becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member.
via: GettyAfter dabbling in stand-up comedy for a couple of years, Sandler became an instant hit when he became a regular addition to Saturday Night Live.
Audiences fell in love with Sandler's goofy demeanor.And, alongside his fellow cast member and friend, Chris Farley, he created some memorable and hilarious sketches. However, not everyone was too impressed, and Sandler was subsequently fired from the show in 1995.
But his career didn't stop there.And Sandler went on to star in many comedy classics, including Billy Maddison, Happy Gilmore, and The Wedding Singer.
Yet, despite all of his success...Sandler has continuously struggled at the hands of movie critics, who often raised their eyebrows at his goofy performances.
However, it now appears that Sandler may have finally caught the attention of these critics...As his most recent movie has scored a staggering rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. No easy feat, to say the least.
For those of you who don't know...Rotten Tomatoes is one of the most trusted recommendation resources for movies and TV series. The website rates movies using their "Tomatometer" scoring system: A meter that is based on the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics.
So, it's needless to say, their rating system is a pretty harsh one.For example, Sandler's other (and best performing) movies scored quite poorly on their "Tomatometer," with Happy Gilmore getting 61% and Billy Maddison scraping only 40%.
So it was obviously a massive shock to see his latest release score so highly.
via: Rotten TomatoesThe movie, titled Uncut Gems, is an electrifying new crime thriller created by the acclaimed filmmakers, Josh and Benny Safdie. There is no trailer yet available, and they have released only this one-shot as a preview.
Uncut Gems sounds a lot darker than Sandler's usual type of movie.
via: GettyThe synopsis reads: "Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), is a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win."
And the critics have been praising the movie.Variety critic, Peter Debruge, said in his write-up: "Uncut Gems feels like being locked inside the pinwheeling brain of a lunatic for more than two hours - and guess what: It's a gas!"
The flick sounds like a far cry from Sandler's other movies.
But, despite the change of genre, Sandler's performance has been wholesomely celebrated.Variety Fair's K. Austin Collins, praised Sandler's performance, gushing: "I'm a longtime fan of Sandler, and of his schtick; I know his grab-bag of gestures and jokes as well as any other living actor's. And yet I wasn't prepared for Uncut Gems, which pushes his comic persona far toward the malicious insecurities that have long given Sandler his fire."
It has even been predicted to be a winner at the Oscars...In Rotten Tomatoes' "Ridiculously Early Oscar Predictions" list, Sadler has made the list to be a potential Oscar winner for the "Best Actor" award, with them stating: "He is beloved by many, but he has not been much of critical darling, especially lately. That being said, when Sandler teams up with indie directors, good things happen."
But, for now... we wait.Because, according to Rotten Tomatoes, the film won't be out in theaters until December 13th this year.
It seems that Sandler himself is pretty confident in the movie...And he has even promised a forfeit if he doesn't win an Oscar for his portrayal of the debt-ridden jewelry store owner Howard Ratner.
A very, very bold claim...
via: ShutterstockSandler made these amusingly self-aware comments during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, a mere day after he was bested by Adam Driver in the Gotham Awards Best Actor category.