The Longest Yard

Release Date: May 27, 2005
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Let me bathe your grandma.

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15/16 Reagen Sulewski Can't pick a consistent tone -- is it a mean prison film or a lighthearted romp? Neither, it seems.
43/60 Les Winan As always, it's Sandleriffic. Very funny, very cliched, and very satisfying (if you don't expect too much).
61/85 Kim Hollis Not the best Adam Sandler film, but still more or less entertaining.
94/166 David Mumpower I question the need for the film to be so dark and the homophobic stuff was moronic. There were a lot of laughs, but I left the theater disappointed.

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Nothing says funny like a man being hit in the groin by a football. Burt Reynolds knew it, The Simpsons knew it, and now Adam Sandler knows it.

The comedian, fresh off of huge hits with Anger Management and 50 First Dates, will reprise the Reynolds role in a remake of the 1974 classic about an imprisoned football player. And all it will cost Paramount Pictures is a measly $25 million to get him onboard.

The modern update of The Longest Yard will maintain the general plot of the original film, whose $46 million success made Burt Reynolds a bankable star. Sandler will portray a retired pro quarterback who winds up serving time in prison. The warden at the facility runs an annual football game between the inmates and the prison guards. Needless to say, he salivates at the thought of having such a marketable name lose a fixed game to his police squad team.

Casting is already under way with Chris Rock and Snoop Dogg being the two most frequently named actors thus far. Plans also call for a combination of rap stars and famous football players to make appearances as the various members of each squad. Can you imagine the level of acting required for a rapper or an NFL player to successfully portray a felon? How ever will they pull off such an unbelievable role?

And in the end, the baddest of the bad guys (Ed Lauter in the original) gets hit in the groin with a football on consecutive plays. What more could we ask for?

Two words: Michael Vick. (David Mumpower/BOP)

April 28, 2004
Burt Reynolds, who starred in the original version of this film, has signed on for a role in the remake. This time around, he will play the coach of the team of inmates. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Longest Yard
Main Cast Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg
Supporting Cast Burt Reynolds, James Cromwell, Cloris Leachman, William Fichtner, Brian Bosworth, Michael Irvin, Bill Romanowski, Nelly, Nicholas Turturro
Director Peter Segal
Screenwriter Sheldon Turner
Distributor Paramount
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 109 minutes
Screen Count 3,634
Awards Awards page for The Longest Yard
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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