Directed by: Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent)
Starring: Adam Sandler (Billy Madison), Method Man (How High), Steve Buscemi (Desperado) and Dan Stevens (The Guest)
When a sad and lonely Jewish shop owner named Max(Sandler) uses a magic machine to fix shoes, he realizes he can take on the appearance of any-one. As long as he’s wearing their shoes.
In truth, anything’s better than the lazy, half-hearted, ass-bag, Golden Corral variety buffet of standard processed shit troth comedy Adam Sandler has been serving up to the masses. I do feel bad for the constant shit he gets from dudes like me UNTIL I read a story that he wants to make a Candyland movie next…… This Douche Robinson gets whatever he deserves.
That being said Adam Sandler is maybe the best part of this movie. (Surprise!) Very subdued & doesn’t talk with annoying accents or wear track suits. He’s so sad and melancholy it’s almost distracting but it works for the film and doesn’t feel too everybody-thinks-I’m-an-ass-so-it’s-time-to-make-a-serious-movie -ish.
Parts of The Cobbler work well in the start also. Steve Buschemi is a great cast as the barber next door who actually gives a damn about Max and his sad story. There’s a sweet sub-plot about Max taking care of his sick mom. There are also 47 other sub-plots that aren’t cute, find a way to eventually even make the sweet mother-son dynamic creepy and make everyone an ass-hole.
Once Max puts on his ma-ma-ma-mah magic shoes everything in The Cobbler breaks in an awful, spectacular, flaming-tank-about-to-hit-a-puppy-store-full-of-explosives-for-some-reason kind of way. Method Man shows up & is believable as a Jurassic Park sized dick-wad but then Max wears his shoes. And things get racist. No, Really.
Every-time Max uses the shoes to do bad things like steal dinner or mug someone? He becomes the black guy. This is only before white Max also goes around fixing the mean things that the real black character did. COME ON!
Ultimately Cobbler starts out as a likeable, character driven story about a guy with a dead-end life finding happiness. Then it becomes Eureka’s Magic Castle trying to shove childish Dora the Explorer level, corny-ass life lessons down your throat. Meanwhile I’m pretty sure that Max (while wearing the shoes of the always good Dan Stevens) almost commits a version of rape. No, seriously this movie is that fucked up. This is all right before some weird version of The Kingsman happens and the movie goes Scooby-doo on your ass. You think I’m kidding. The struggle is real. 3.5/10