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The Cobbler-A Movie Review

Updated on January 25, 2016


The Cobbler was released in Canada in September 2014 and in the United States in March 2015. This international success film stars funny man Adam Sandler in a PG-13 rated drama/comedy that is a little different for his regular works. All though the storyline could make for an extremely funny role for him, he tends to play a much more serious character.

This movie is written by Timothy McCarthy and Paul Sado. Tim McCarthy directs this film as well writing it. Besides Sandler other cast include, Melanie Diaz, Steve Buscemi, Sondra James, Evan Neumann, Dan Stevens, and Dustin Hoffman as well as many others.

The Cobbler is a far-fetched story of fantasy. Sandler’s character Max Simkin, cobbler is busy repairing shoes when one day his stitching machine breaks. He is forced to go to the basement and use the huge dinosaur contraption there that must have been ancient. The size of it prevented it from being moved upstairs so Max had no choice but to do his work in the basement. Max looks at the size inside the tongue of the shoe he just finished repairing. It is a size 10 ½. The same size he wears. He tries the shoes on out of curiosity and catches a glimpse of the shoe owner’s reflection in a nearby mirror which scares him. He can’t believe his eyes. He begins stitching other shoes and discovers he takes on the identity of the shoe owner simply by putting the shoes on.

Max finds himself into all kinds of adventures as well as trouble. He even ends up helping put some bad guys away. This could be dangerous if they ever found out who he was. Max even takes the form of his own long lost father (Dustin Hoffman). His father had owned the shop before him, but had left him and his mother years ago.

Max keeps his ability to transform a secret from everyone, but finally tells his barber friend neighbor the whole story. The ending to this story will surprise you.

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As we are not use to watching Adam Sandler play such a serious role, this may damper our decisions on how much we like this film. Sure, he had his funny parts in this movie, but the drama/action parts took on more of a super hero appearance and for me it out weighed the funny stuff that Sandler is famous for and my reason for watching this film to begin with. All and all it is worth watching as I don’t tend to keep watching a film that’s not entertaining.

If you are looking for a movie a bit out of the ordinary, The Cobbler could be just what you are looking for.


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      Diana L Pierce 23 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thanks for feedback, Missy Smith. Adam Sandler is talented. One never knows what kind of movie he will do next. The more ridiculous the story line the better he is.

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      Missy Smith 23 months ago from Florida

      I watched this movie on Netflix not long ago, and I really liked it. I thought it had a great story. Very imaginative.

      I'm a halfway Adam Sandler fan. I liked him when he started out on SNL, and several of his movies have been really funny, some I thought were too over the top, even for Adam. However, I like that he ventures out from time to time to do something serious and different; "Spanglish" and Reign Over Me" come to mind for some of his more earnest roles. I actually liked both. My favorite movie of his will always probably be " 50 First Dates"

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      Diana L Pierce 24 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thanks stopping by, Jackie. Some of Sandler's characters are a bit off the beaten path from normal, but I like most of his comedy. This film shows that he can do drama.

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      Jackie Lynnley 24 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I am not crazy about Adam Sandler either but I saw this and thought it was a good movie.

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      Diana L Pierce 24 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

      He's a more serious in this one, Paintdrips. You might like it. I did.

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      Denise McGill 24 months ago from Fresno CA

      My husband has been suggesting I watch this movie on Netflix and I have resisted because I don't really care for Adam Sandler's humor style. I find him vulgar usually, but after reading this I am more inclined to watch it after all. Thanks for the review.