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Image Entertainment Picks Up TIFF's 'The Cobbler' with Adam Sandler

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September 10, 2014
Source: THR

The Cobbler

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?

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  • shane willett
    Until his movies are Rated R - there gonna suck - ill still watch them - but most of his family movies suck - Click was the start of the shitty sandler movies - but i feel it really started with 50 First Dates - Because the love story was to serious - where you take the love story from Wedding Singer and you have Billy Idol punching out the bad guy so Sandlers character gets the girl... thats F%^&*( Funny - Funny People was good but Adam Sandler just acted in that - not one of his Happy Madison films - so do something like that... kids don't like you Adam Sandler - they think your weird, but college kids think your funny still..
  • DAVIDPD
    Great cast, but all those actors are known for doing random one-off goof ball films.
  • ASFan
    I'm probably gonna stick only with Men Women and Children as the Sandler film I'm gonna see. I've seen plenty of raves for it and one person at the premiere last weekend said it got "sustained enthusiastic applause" at the end, stating it was pretty well deserved. Plus there are some Oscar predictors who've seen the film and say it could still be in the running. Don't get why there are articles stating that film got a substantial beatdown or that they haven't met anyone who's liked it. It's like they haven't talked to many people or are just projecting and that the reason they're saying that is because the number that hate are simply more vocal as haters tend to be.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Does anyone still care about Sandler movies???
    • ASFan
      I care about the Sandler movies that aren't supposed to be Sandler movies. So this word on The Cobbler is disheartening.

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