The Cobbler

Synopsis: Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Tom McCarthy
Production: RLJ/Image Entertainment
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


Hello, Max.

I'm dropping these off,

they were my Albert's shoes.

They shouldn't go to waste,

you should sell them.

I don't sell shoes,

Mrs. Stevens.

And his overcoat

is in there too.

It's very nice,

you should wear it.

Well, I don't...

You should take your coat, Mrs. Stevens.

I don't need it.

Uh, $16.

So, where did you go?

Oh, yeah?

Who else was there?



Sir, you have a light?

No, uh, do I...

Excuse me, sir.

Do you have a light?


Thank you.

Thanks. Sorry.

Yeah, I know, he

thinks he's adorable.

There you go. Cheers.

Hello, mate, you all right?


Morning, kid.

Mornin', Jimmy.

Yeah, that's crazy.

Now, that's

an attractive-looking couple.



Come on.

All right, gotta go.

If they ever have a kid,

you won't be able to look directly at it.

What about you?

Max, you got any prospects?

Me? No.

Well, you should.

You're a good-looking guy.

You got a good job.

That kid's got nothing on you.

He's got his own driver.

What, you got somewhere

you wanna go?

I don't know.

Maybe it's about time I figure

out my own thing, you know.

You're a cobbler,

that's your thing.

It's my father's thing.

And his father before that.

You should be proud.

Yeah. I gotta get

back to work.

Hey, hey, how's your mother?

You give her those pears?

I did.

She says, "Thank you."

All right, let her know...



Is this your shop?

No, it's actually my father's.

Is he here?

No, he is not.

Well, I've been trying to talk to

all the proprietors in the area.

Do you expect him back soon?

No, I don't expect

him back soon.

Can I help you?

Okay, I'm... I'm sorry.

Uh, what's your name?

Max Simkin.

Well, Max, I'm Carmen Herrara

from the Lower East

Side Action Committee.


Basically, we're dedicated

to the preservation

and rejuvenation of the Lower East Side.


We're trying to stop

real estate developers

from converting the neighborhood

into luxury housing

and retail spaces,

forcing the regular people out.

How are they forcing them out?


I mean, they buy them out

or they raise the rent.

How much do you think I'd

get for a place like this?

That doesn't matter.

It does to me.

Max, we need people

like you to stay.

That's why we're

doing all of this.

Well, maybe you should

have checked with me first,

make sure I wanna stay.

Yeah, that's fair.

You know what?

Come here, I wanna show you something.

Look around you, Max.

What do you see?

The city.


The city.

A living city.

And your shop is a part of it.

How long have you had

this shop for, Max?

Fourth generation.

That's amazing.

See? This is not just

a playground for the rich.

It is for all of us.

Don't you think?

Yeah, I guess.

Good. So could

you sign this?


Great. Thanks.

Do you have plans tonight?

Excuse me?

There's a rally

if you're interested.

Mmm. Mmm.

Here. Here's a flyer.

Mr. Solomon is a wonderful old

man who lives on Grand Street

and they're trying to evict

him from his apartment.


Our office is on Orchard Street,

come by.

You should really

get involved, Max.



Hey. Did you get

her number?

It's not that.



What are you doing here?

You'll break your eardrums.

Did you bring any pears?

I brought you pears yesterday,

Ma, remember? From Jimmy.

Yes, call Papa.

Tell him to bring pears.

Okay. I will.

Good boy.

How was work?

Work was, uh, same

as every other day.

Why don't you call

the Abramowitz girl?

Take her out on a date this weekend.

She always liked you.

Uh, she got married

10 years ago.

She's got three kids.

She's a pretty girl.

You should step up to the plate.


Okay, I will.

But not tonight.

You ready for dinner?

Yeah, it's in the microwave.

Yo, shoeman!

Come on, let's go, man.

Time is money.

What's up, man?

Come on, hook me up.

Yeah, sure.

How you doing today,

my G? Working hard?


Yeah? Good. Good.

Can't knock the hustle.

Work hard, play harder,

right player?

God bless Americola.

You like that watch, huh?


Sh*t, I got a collection at home

worth three times this shop.

You can always tell a man by his watch,

right, shoeman?

Four bucks.

Four bucks?

That's the rate.

Fair enough.

Oh, almost forgot.

I need these fixed, shoeman.


What do you want done?

New soles,

and I need 'em tonight.

We close at 6:

You close when I get my shoes.

I'm just playing

with you, shoeman.

See you at 6:


You sure you can't come today?

Okay. Well, I'll see you

tomorrow. Thank you.



What are you doing down here?

Using this old stitcher.

Mine... Mine busted.

Whoa. Look at this thing.

Yeah, it's something, huh?

My pop taught me how

to use this when I was little.

And it still works?

I'm surprised, but

it's doing the trick.


Shows you what I know.

I was always telling your

pop he should sell this crap

and make some money,

but he could never

throw anything away.

Yeah, except his family.

He didn't throw you away, Max.


Uh, my post is up on the chair.

Oh. All right, I'll...

I'll leave you the news.

Hey, I'm going around the corner

for a beer, you wanna come?

Nah, I gotta wait

for a customer.

Ah, good for you.

Keep 'em coming back.



I picked up an extra jar

from the Pickle Guys.

Hey, thank you.

Okay, good night, kid.

Good night, Jimmy.

What the hell was that?

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Tom McCarthy

Thomas Joseph "Tom" McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor who has appeared in several films, including Meet the Parents and Good Night, and Good Luck, and television series such ... more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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