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The Longest Yard

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Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds Photograph by Tony Duran

The Longest Yard

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
114 minutes
Wide Release Date:
05/27/05
performer:
Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, James Cromwell, Nelly, Burt Reynolds
director:
Peter Segal
distributor:
Paramount Studios
author:
11020, 77869
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Adam Sandler graduates from waterboy to quarterback in The Longest Yard, a remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds film about a brutal football game between prison inmates and guards. In a tip of the helmet to the original, the 2005 version casts Reynolds as the incarcerated coach who whips Sandler’s jailed pro and his misfit crew into shape. Also working up a sweat is Nelly, in his first major movie role, and Chris Rock, in his first screen appearance alongside his former Saturday Night Live castmate Sandler. ”This is the funniest movie I’ve ever done,” says Rock. Let’s hope so, because we’ve seen Down to Earth and Bad Company, so that’s not saying much.

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