This is a remake of the 1974 prison football comedy, The Longest Yard. It’s been done well and very similar to the original even down to the dialogue. It’s a story of pro quarterback Paul Crewe (Sandler) and former college champion and coach Nate Scarboro (Reynolds), who are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in a football game “fixed” to turn out quite another way. We’re supposed to believe that Crewe is a former NFL MVP however it’s a little hard to believe because he’s just Adam Sandler and not beefed up much at all.
Things I Learned From This Movie
- former pro athletes can’t get away with BREAKing the law all the time
- if you throw a professional game, everybody will hate you
- prison guards in Texas can beat the crap out of inmates and get away with it
- if you’re in prison, you’re pretty good at football
- black people are better at football than white people
- you can sneak anything into prison using a cake
- big guys can be sensitive too!
3 out of 5 Ears of Cizzorn
I found the moving boring at times, but funny at times. I recommend this movie for a date, but I suggest renting instead of spending money at the theater for it. It does not take advantage of the big screen very well.
Running Time: 1 hr. 49 min.
Release Date: May 27, 2005 (nationwide).
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, violence, language and drug references.
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
The Longest Yard Official Site