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The Cobbler

Max Simkin is a cobbler in New York. His family has worked in the shop for generations and now it is his turn to do the same, until he stumbles upon a magical heirloom. He then gets to experience the lives of his customers and see who they really are in a literal interpretation of `walking in someone else`s shoes`.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 30 Apr 2015
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Fantasy
Running Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Dan Stevens, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman
Director: Thomas McCarthy
Format: 2D

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Writer: Naseem Randhawa

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Watch this if you liked: "Click", "Reign Over Me", "Spanglish"

The Good, the Bad and the Walking in One's Shoes:
Over the past few years a string of bad comedies have been stubbornly following Adam Sandler, but "The Cobbler" is a slight step up from those movies as Sandler has wisely decided for his latest to follow in the vein of his better faring string of emotional comedies like "Reign Over Me", "Spanglish", "Click" and "Funny People".

Sandler shows appreciation to his Jewish heritage on screen; from the usage of the Hebrew language, customary traditions and even the soundtrack of the movie is very much laden with Jewish influences; much more here compared to his other movies, as he takes on the role as a working class Jewish man in Lower East Side, Manhattan.

Initially Sandler manages to make audiences feel sorry for him as a somber middle-aged cobbler who has taken over the shoemaking family business from his absent father. His dreary meaningless life is made up of getting talked down to by customers, taking care of his senile mother and making small talk with the neighbouring shop-owner, a concerned barber played Steve Buscemi. This all changes when he finds an old shoe stitching machine at the back of the shop that when he wears the stitched shoes, lets him magically change in physical appearance to actually become the person who owns the shoes.

Although the premise of the story brings "walking in ones' shoes" to a whole new meaning which if pulled off brilliantly could've been an emotional masterpiece, unfortunately falls short for certain scenes for which its emotional range just wasn't explored enough. Even the emotional range showcased by the actors at particular heart-wrenching moments just made one think, "wait, that's it?".

Apart from Sandler, we also have Method Man and the charming Dan Stevens. They are some of the main physical appearance the cobbler takes on, and while the former somewhat excels as a thug who is recovering his humanity and morals (thanks to the cobbler's impersonation), the latter's character who plays a famous DJ, has no substance and charm on-screen and the only reason the cobbler takes on his appearance is deliberately just due to his looks, making Stevens' scenes in the movie rather dull and barely tapping above the surface to make a lasting impact.

Although "The Cobbler" has holes in its overall message that desperately needs stitching, it still makes for a decent Sandler movie with heart that's worth walking into.

Cinema Online, 08 April 2015
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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