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The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Sport

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Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

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  • Chris Rock at an event for Total Request Live (1998)
  • Chris Rock at an event for Total Request Live (1998)
  • Chris Rock at an event for Total Request Live (1998)
  • Peter Segal in The Longest Yard (2005)
  • Courteney Cox and Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard (2005)
  • Adam Sandler at an event for Total Request Live (1998)

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25 May 2005 | drjimmycooper
| it's trade-off: less character development, more laughs
I went to this film thinking it was going to suck. I was a big fan of the original. Loved it as a kid, although I know it's not a great film or anything.

I was surprised at how fun the remake was, although it is a superficial kind of fun. The original had better casting and stronger character development. Reynolds and Eddie Albert are so wonderful in their roles, Sandler and the new warden are pretty damn lame in comparison. And the original spent more time building the characters, so that by the end, the film really resonated in a way the remake does not.

BUT, the remake is a fun & energetic piece of pop entertainment. It goes much more for broad comedy and pretty much succeeds. It's not super- hilarious, but it's funny enough and much funnier than the original. Although Sandler is wrong for the part, he's likable enough. Chris Rock is funny, as are some of the others. And the overall brisk pace keeps the whole thing afloat.

Yes, it's a disposable movie. It lacks the dark undercurrents that made the first one so good. It even seems to self-consciously acknowledge that it will never stand outside the shadow of Burt Reynolds. No, it doesn't have as much substance, but it has its own childish charm.

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Did You Know?


In the scene where Captain Knauer is escorting Crewe to the Warden's office, he mentions playing for the University of Miami, one of the top collegiate football programs in the nation. Michael Irvin (Deacon Moss) played football for the University of Miami as a wide receiver from 1984 to 1987 winning the National Championship in 1987 among setting other school records.


Lorenzo: I love that dress.
Lena: Of course you do, Lorenzo, you made it.


When the Mean Machine goes in for their final touchdown in the game, the clock reads 6.0 seconds, yet after the ball is snapped and the running back starts to run with the ball, the clock is seen winding down from more than 6.0 seconds.

Alternate Versions

On cruise ship and airline versions, the profanity has not only been redubbed, but quite a bit of alternate footage has been inserted to tone the language down. For instance, Caretaker's line "Tell Ronnie you got knocked the fuck out" has been changed to "Well, tell Ronnie he should have warned you about that truck". Also, when Caretaker is telling the prison "women" that "it's football, not balls-ball", it has been replaced with "it's football, not *that* kind of ball". And when Ms. Tucker tells Brucie that his "breath smells like eight cans of shark shit", this has been replaced with "your breath smells so bad, I don't know whether to get you a toothbrush or some toilet paper". Cuts have been made to the video sequences between Crewe and the Warden's assistant, and to the one with Brucie and Ms. Tucker. In the final football game, the repeated statement "I think he just shit himself" has been changed to "I think he broke his freakin' neck".


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Comedy | Crime | Sport

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