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Adam Sandler walks a mile as Dustin Hoffman in 'The Cobbler' trailer

You know the expression, “You don’t really know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes”? That’s the inspiration for writer/director Tom McCarthy’s new movie, The Cobbler. Adam Sandler plays a fourth-generation shoe repairman whose sad-sack life gets a jolt when he discovers a family heirloom that literally makes the maxim his reality—just sliding his feet into a customer’s shoes transforms him into different people, opening up opportunities he might never pursue on his own.

Dustin Hoffman co-stars as Sandler’s dad, and the cast also includes Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Fruitvale Station‘s Melonie Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens, and Steve Buscemi. The film didn’t receive the greatest reception when it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, but it’s Sandler reining in his comic mayhem for the director of The Station Agent. Hopefully, the shoe fits. READ FULL STORY

TIFF: Adam Sandler's 'The Cobbler' goes for $3.5 million

The Cobbler didn’t pull down the rave reviews that writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) is usually accustomed to when it debuted earlier this week at the Toronto Film Festival, but an Adam Sandler movie still demands attention. One of Sandler’s three festival movies, and the only one that he truly carries, was picked up by RLJ/Image Entertainment, which acquired the U.S. rights to The Cobbler for about $3.5 million.

In the fable, Sandler plays a lonely New York shoe-repairman who senses that he’s let life past him by. But when he discovers a magical family heirloom that allows him to literally “walk in another man’s shoes,” he embarks on a great adventure with far-reaching ramifications. Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, and Steve Buscemi also star. READ FULL STORY

Adam Sandler is not a morning person in 'The Cobbler' first look

Adam Sandler might own his own subgenre of silly comedy, but he demonstrated long ago, in movies like Punch-Drunk Love, that his range extends beyond funny voices and sophomoric pranks. Sandler returns to more sophisticated storytelling in The Cobbler, playing a lonely New York shoe repairman who starts to sense that he’s let life pass him by — going nowhere while fixing the shoes of more-assertive customers taking vacations and living adventures. Things change, though, when he discovers a family heirloom that magically lets him “walk in another man’s shoes” and see the world differently.

“For a guy who’s known as a funny guy, Adam has a very soulful quality to him,” says co-writer and director Tom McCarthy (Win Win). “One of the things that makes Adam right for [the role] is that he does handle the various levels of comedy very well. And he transitions really well from comedy to drama. He can make even the smallest, simplest moments funny.”
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