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Parents' Guide to

The Cobbler

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Interesting idea about empathy turns into disturbing fable.

Movie PG-13 2015 99 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+


Why is it that all of the black males in the movie are displayed in a negative manner? There are only two black men in the entire movie and one man steals dinner at a restaurant and the second (Method Man) robs, beats women and has illegal weapons in the home smh…THEN, they have the young black kid (the only black kid in the movie) attempt to steal watches…PLEASE stop with the negative stereotypes!
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The Cobbler opens with much promise in 1903, when the Lower East Side was historically populated by Jewish Eastern European immigrants and tradesmen. It then fast forwards to the present, connecting the dots between original cobbler Pinchas and his great-grandson, Max, a sad sack who doesn't appreciate his trade or his neighborhood the way his ancestor did. But the film's initial promise is squandered in a story that doesn't reveal anything about humanity except that people will do ugly things and take advantage of stereotypes if given the chance to disguise themselves as lots of different people.

While this isn't the worst Sandler star vehicle, and the comedian is certainly capable of serious acting, The Cobbler doesn't really showcase his range ... or work as a drama. Director Thomas McCarthy wastes most of his supporting talent, from Ellen Barkin, Dustin Hoffman, and Steve Buscemi to former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens and Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station). If you're looking for an entertaining or meaningful look at Jewish-American immigrants in New York, skip this and see The Pawnbroker, Hester Street, The Chosen, or Ragtime.

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