Image Entertainment Picks Up TIFF's 'The Cobbler' with Adam Sandler
Following a shaky premiere at TIFF this month, Thomas McCarthy's latest indie, The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler, has been picked up for distribution in the United States. THR reports Image Entertainment closed a deal yesterday to the US rights for the film which has been a special presentation at the Toronto film festival. The film features Sandler as a New York shoe repairman (Sandler) who discovers a magical heirloom that allows him to "walk in another man's shoes." However, The Playlist notes it "never generates the high-spirited inventiveness or energy to allow audiences to buy into the premise."
The film also stars Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Barkin and Steve Buscemi, so there will certainly be audience appeal, no matter how negative the reviews are. It sounds like this is some kind of mix of Sandler's more respectful attempts at dramatic acting mixed with elements of his own stupid comedies, so it's not surprising that Mike Ryan at ScreenCrush called this "bone-headedly awful." That's pretty harsh, but I've yet to hear any rave reviews of this film out of TIFF. Personally, I'll still see it to see how Sandler does in the film, but won't be expecting much from the film as a whole. Still interested?