Adam Sandler Movie at Cannes Is Getting Early Oscar Buzz

'The Meyerowitz Stories' could resurrect 'SNL' veteran's image after string of comic flops.

May 22, 2017 10:19 am
Adam Sandler Getting Early Oscar Buzz for Role in 'Meyerowitz Stories'
(left to right) Actors Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Adam Sandler attend 'The Meyerowitz Stories' photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Venturelli/WireImage)

There was a time when Adam Sandler seemed destined to graduate from low-brow comedies to edgier dramatic roles. Remember, he earned critical buzz for his turn in movies like Punch-Drunk Love.

Nowadays, however, the SNL veteran is little more than a punchline.

But that could all change with his latest movie, The Meyerowitz Stories. Sandler stars alongside Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, and Emma Thompson. The movie got early rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival—and even some early Oscar buzz about a possible best actor statue for Sandler.

The film is directed by Noah Baumbach.

In the film, Sandler “plays the unemployed son of a New York sculptor (Dustin Hoffman) who suffers in the shadow of his successful young brother (Ben Stiller),” per AFP News.

According to AFP, the movie “garnered enthusiastic applause at (the) press preview ahead of its red-carpet premiere,” and saw Sandler thanking his director for an “amazing script.”

“In my movies, I’m interested in the gap between who we want to be and who we are,” noted Baumbach in the presser following the screening.

The Cannes Film Festival runs through May 28, and the movie is in the running for the highly coveted Palme d’Or.

Watch additional scenes from the post-screening presser, including an interview with co-star Emma Thompson.

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