The Cobbler

The Cobbler

Thomas McCarthy (2014)

108min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This high-concept comedy stars Adam Sandler as Max, a dissatisfied cobbler who gets in over his head when he discovers a stitching machine that allows him to turn into the person whose shoes he puts on. This premise and much of the first act are quirky and fun, however the plot gets progressively stranger, and after about an hour has arrived at the downright bizarre (when Max falls foul of numerous gangsters). Sandler heads up the film with a subtle, convincing performance, and the strong, all-star support cast tackle their roles with conviction. But in a film so unsure of what it is, any chemistry is wasted. What could have been a thoughtful fantasy ends up as nonsensical farce, which wastes a unique premise in a series of increasingly alienating twists and contradictory tones. It's certainly a change for Sandler, but not necessarily a welcome one.

Summary

New York City shoe repairer Max Simkin is disenchanted with the grind of daily life, but then he stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Comedy fantasy, starring Adam Sandler, with Dustin Hoffman, Dascha Polanco and Ellen Barkin.

Cast & Crew

Max Simkin Adam Sandler
Ludlow Method Man
Elaine Greenawalt Ellen Barkin
Carmen Herrara Melonie Diaz
Dance club DJ Dan Stevens
Jimmy Steve Buscemi
Macy Dascha Polanco
Abraham Simkin Dustin Hoffman
Director Thomas McCarthy
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Other Information

Language: English / YiddishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Some violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 31 Jul 2015
Drama Comedy