Monday, May 20, 2024

Adam Sandler Correction: “The Cobbler” Went Straight to Video, No Theatrical Release


UPDATE: Sorry. Like “Serena” with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, “The Cobbler” is just playing on VOD and Amazon Prime. So bad they weren’t allowed in theaters. There will be no box office for “The Cobbler.” The shoe didn’t fit.

EARLIER: What can you say about Adam Sandler? He’s headed to Netflix for a reason. In movie theaters, he is poison. Today he opens in “The Cobbler,” which has an 8% rating on rottentomatoes so far — 36 negative reviews, 3 positive. This follows “Men, Women and Children” and “Blended” in his latest run of bad movies. And those follow “Jack and Jill,” “That’s My Boy” and other horror films.

This is in addition to the crap he’s produced, like “Bucky Larson” and “Here Comes the Boom.” Sandler is largely a purveyor of junk, hoping that it will catch on among a mentally handicapped crowd and bring him some good studio money. But the party may be over.

All that’s really left of Sandler theatrically is “Grown Ups” movies– and the title of course is ironic. The title of that series should be adults acting like very slow, stupid children.

The irony of “The Cobbler” is that was directed and polished by Tom McCarthy who until now has just made wonderful movies like “Win Win,” “The Visitor,” and “The Station Agent.” But it’s really the Sandler curse. McCarthy will be back. Sandler will yuck it up in people’s homes from now on.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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