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In Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler plays “Howard Ratner,” a harried diamond dealer who’s frantically looking for the next big score, all while juggling his family, his mistress, and his creditors. It’s a role that Sandler plays masterfully, and one that could lead audiences to wonder why Sandler doesn’t take on more serious projects. As he told The A.V. Club at the Toronto International Film Festival, though, it’s mainly because he doesn’t get asked. That discussion, plus talk about John Mulaney and Nick Kroll’s Oh, Hello, Lakeith Stanfield’s wholesale diamond score, and basketball is above.

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Marah Eakin

Marah Eakin is the Executive Producer of all A.V. Club Video And Podcasts. She is also a Cleveland native and heiress to the country's largest collection of antique and unique bedpans and urinals.

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