Anyway, in this comedy/drama/fantasy he plays Max Simkin, a shoe repairman in New York City who operates the same shop that his great-grandfather started more than a hundred years ago. Something else has come down to Max along with the shop: an antique stitching machine for putting shoes together. Then Max discovers that the stitching machine has another use: when he uses it to repair someone's shoes, then puts those shoes on, he takes on the appearance of the other person although he retains his own mind and personality.
Yeah, it's not the strongest gimmick in the world, but the filmmakers use it in some fairly interesting ways, including involving Max in a criminal conspiracy that puts him in danger from hired killers. The script is funny in places, the plot twists hold together okay, and the cast, which includes Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, and the fine character Fritz Weaver, is pretty good. THE COBBLER is a decent movie, not a great one by any means, and I didn't fall asleep once during it, which isn't bad for me these days.