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Review: The Cobbler

The Cobbler
03.08.2015
3 10

PLOT: A New York cobbler (Adam Sandler) discovers that the old cobbling machine stored in his basement has magic powers. If he uses the machine to repair a pair of shoes, by wearing the repaired shoes he's able to assume their identity.

REVIEW: THE COBBLER was one of two Adam Sandler movies to play TIFF this year. Of the pair, it was the more low-key entry, with the other being Jason Reitman's much anticipated (at the time) MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN. That one came and went pretty quickly, and now THE COBBLER is going the VOD-route, something which would have seemed unlikely for an Adam Sandler vehicle just a few years ago.

All told, it's really not much of a surprise that THE COBBLER is getting a “blink and you'll miss it” release as the movie truly does not merit any more. It's astonishingly bad, especially given that it comes from the talented Thomas McCarthy of THE STATION AGENT, THE VISITOR and WIN-WIN. He doesn't bring any of the heart of those movies to this stale outing, which is more like your typical Adam Sandler flick than you'd think given the pedigree. Sandler is once again playing a kind of man-child, only slightly more morose than usual (his attempt at seeming indie?). He lives with his mom, works at his absent father's shop and whines about doing a job he hates and not being able to find a girlfriend. He acts more like a guy in his twenties or thirties than someone who's pushing fifty – as Sandler is.

The dopey execution doesn't help matters. The premise is certainly ridiculous, but given some flair and creativity it could have been fun. Not so here, as Sandler's Max Simkin does your typical Sandler-style things while wearing the shoes, like pretend to be a suave brit (Dan Stevens) so he can see the man's girlfriend naked or potentially sleep with her. The film also has a racially insensitive bent, which one can only assume is unintentional given McCarthy's other work. The one major black character (played by Method Man) is a scary gangster, and when Sandler wears his shoes, the first thing he does is rob someone. He also pretends to be a black man so he can dine at a restaurant and bail out on the check. It's a little much.

Later on, THE COBBLER turns into something of a light thriller, with Sandler discovering Method Man's character is part of a nasty plot by Ellen Barkin's character to gentrify his neighborhood. He teams up with a cute local volunteer (Melonie Diaz) to foil the plot, leading to a final revelation that queues up a sequel that will likely (hopefully) never happen.

Truly, this is an abysmal film for McCarthy, although it goes to prove just how bad Sandler's movies have gotten lately that it's actually better than anything he's done in a while – not that this is anywhere near being a good film. At least this one has a few nice character moments, such as a scene where Sandler briefly becomes his father (Hoffman) and a good performance by Sandler regular Steve Buscemi as a neighboring shop owner. Still, this can't help but come off as anything other than a disaster for McCarthy. It's strange how totally off-the-rails the movie goes so quickly, with a klezmer soundtrack that grates on the nerves, and a total absence of laughs even though this is clearly meant to be a comedy. Hopefully for all involved, THE COBBLER will be quickly forgotten.

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12:49PM on 03/10/2015
What really sucks is that Adam Sandler can still bring the goods if he really wanted to, he just chooses not to. He's become lazy and complacent. I wish he would try to evolve. The Grown Ups movies could have been great if they had a real script and not just Adam and co fucking around.
What really sucks is that Adam Sandler can still bring the goods if he really wanted to, he just chooses not to. He's become lazy and complacent. I wish he would try to evolve. The Grown Ups movies could have been great if they had a real script and not just Adam and co fucking around.
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2:55AM on 03/10/2015
As believable as it is, at the same time, it's kind of unbelievable that it's finally come to this. Why do I feel like this is a glimpse into Sandler's future: poor comedies going straight to VOD where no one will watch them. It's kind of hard to believe this guy was once such a huge name in comedy, and now he's doing this.
As believable as it is, at the same time, it's kind of unbelievable that it's finally come to this. Why do I feel like this is a glimpse into Sandler's future: poor comedies going straight to VOD where no one will watch them. It's kind of hard to believe this guy was once such a huge name in comedy, and now he's doing this.
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1:58PM on 03/09/2015

Wow!

Adam Sandler in a movie about wearing other people's shoes and turning into them Quantum Leap style-what could POSSIBLY go wrong?
Adam Sandler in a movie about wearing other people's shoes and turning into them Quantum Leap style-what could POSSIBLY go wrong?
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1:30PM on 03/09/2015
Sucks to hear, McCarthy for me so far has not missed as a writer/director
Sucks to hear, McCarthy for me so far has not missed as a writer/director
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12:57PM on 03/09/2015
A machine that magically allows Adam Sandler to assume the identity of a pair of old shoes?
Well, that's got to be an upgrade, hasn't it?
A machine that magically allows Adam Sandler to assume the identity of a pair of old shoes?
Well, that's got to be an upgrade, hasn't it?
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10:30AM on 03/09/2015

At the very least Bob Barker beat his ass yet again last night.

This looked to be a really decent change of pace for him. Oh well, at the very least he was great i Men Women and Children (one of the more underrated movies of last year).
This looked to be a really decent change of pace for him. Oh well, at the very least he was great i Men Women and Children (one of the more underrated movies of last year).
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6:43AM on 03/09/2015
I wasn't hugely optimistic after the trailer broke. Tom McCarthy directed one of my favorite indie dramas of the past ten years (The Visitor), and seems like the ideal director to bring out the best in Sandler. The fantasy premise turned me off a bit (sounds like an indie Click). Also, while I can watch Steve Buscemi in anything, seeing him and Sandler together again I get wary. Not because he's bad, even in Sandler flicks, but because they are so comfortable together I lower my expectations
I wasn't hugely optimistic after the trailer broke. Tom McCarthy directed one of my favorite indie dramas of the past ten years (The Visitor), and seems like the ideal director to bring out the best in Sandler. The fantasy premise turned me off a bit (sounds like an indie Click). Also, while I can watch Steve Buscemi in anything, seeing him and Sandler together again I get wary. Not because he's bad, even in Sandler flicks, but because they are so comfortable together I lower my expectations immediately.
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3:24AM on 03/09/2015
I'm guessing after The Cobbler, Adam Sandler is probably going to go back making Grown Ups 3 and so on.
I'm guessing after The Cobbler, Adam Sandler is probably going to go back making Grown Ups 3 and so on.
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2:43AM on 03/09/2015
must have been inspired from The Twilight Zone episode "Dead man's shoes"
must have been inspired from The Twilight Zone episode "Dead man's shoes"
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4:48AM on 03/09/2015
Good eye! I knew this plot sounded incredibly familiar, and that's probably the reason why. lol
Good eye! I knew this plot sounded incredibly familiar, and that's probably the reason why. lol
2:01AM on 03/09/2015

I'd blame Adam Sandler for how this turned out

I've heard he's a real douche to deal with in terms of how he wants things. I heard through the grapevine that the only way that Genndy Tartatovsky made HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA semi-watchable was he threatened to quit if he didn't have creative control instead of Sandler. Since the movie had already gone through about 5 or 6 directors, Sony backed Tartatovsky's play.
I've heard he's a real douche to deal with in terms of how he wants things. I heard through the grapevine that the only way that Genndy Tartatovsky made HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA semi-watchable was he threatened to quit if he didn't have creative control instead of Sandler. Since the movie had already gone through about 5 or 6 directors, Sony backed Tartatovsky's play.
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1:41AM on 03/09/2015
Sandler, Nic Cage, Johnny Depp, Cuba Gooding Jr, Val Kilmer, and Steven Segal all need to star in one giant film with one another.
Sandler, Nic Cage, Johnny Depp, Cuba Gooding Jr, Val Kilmer, and Steven Segal all need to star in one giant film with one another.
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2:14AM on 03/09/2015
If it is an action movie, that could one heck of a cheesy film.

Cage had Joe in 2013, and that was a fabulous film. He needs more roles like that, and avoid the DTV films.
If it is an action movie, that could one heck of a cheesy film.

Cage had Joe in 2013, and that was a fabulous film. He needs more roles like that, and avoid the DTV films.
4:37AM on 03/09/2015
To be fair, Cage and to a lesser degree Kilmer's run of pumping out non-stop crap has been motivated more by financial trouble than their abilities or tastes. Depp seems to believe (incorrectly) that America can't wait to see him as yet another wacky, costumed eccentric. Gooding Jr. takes whatever he can get and Seagal is Seagal.

Sandler clearly just doesn't care. He seems to have no interest in putting in any effort whatsoever. He only appears to be making movies so he can collect huge
To be fair, Cage and to a lesser degree Kilmer's run of pumping out non-stop crap has been motivated more by financial trouble than their abilities or tastes. Depp seems to believe (incorrectly) that America can't wait to see him as yet another wacky, costumed eccentric. Gooding Jr. takes whatever he can get and Seagal is Seagal.

Sandler clearly just doesn't care. He seems to have no interest in putting in any effort whatsoever. He only appears to be making movies so he can collect huge paychecks to hang out with and employ his friends.
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12:29AM on 03/09/2015

damn

I was hoping this movie would be a return to Punch Drunk Love/ Reign Over Me style Sandler film, especially when you see how high McCarthy got Richard Jenkins in The Visitor (an Oscar Nom)... shame Sandlers last 2 movies have been seen as the worst from their respective directors
I was hoping this movie would be a return to Punch Drunk Love/ Reign Over Me style Sandler film, especially when you see how high McCarthy got Richard Jenkins in The Visitor (an Oscar Nom)... shame Sandlers last 2 movies have been seen as the worst from their respective directors
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