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The Longest Yard
A pro quarterback and former college champion and coach doing time in the same prison assemble a team of inmates to take on the prison guards in a game fixed against them.

Starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

May 29, 2005
I came out of this movie thinking that I would give it a "Wait for Rental" as the negative points overshadowed the positive in my mind.

As I discussed some of the points of the movie, I realized what annoyed me most was the soundtrack score which was too overbearing and often not in keeping with the fact that this was a comedy. There are some points where the music is downright maudlin, and it overemphasizes the dramatic scene it's intended to support. The rock music was fine; it was very much in keeping with the tone of the movie.

For frequent readers of my reviews, you will know that I'm not a big fan of Adam Sandler movies. They pretty much start out as "Stay Away!" in my mind, and must prove themselves to be unworthy of the designation. Here, Sandler was pretty good and not nearly as annoying as I've seen in some of his previous, more dopey roles. His high point was the introductory scene, but he managed to keep me in the theater this time, which is better than my experience with "The Waterboy."

Where this movie suffers horribly is in the comparison to the original 1974 movie by the same name, starring Burt Reynolds in the lead role. The original was much more fun, and by definition, more original.

Overall, it's not a bad movie. If you're looking for some mindless entertainment, and you really don't want to rent the 1974 original because you have a taste for movie theater popcorn, it's worth seeing on the big screen. If you don't catch it in the theater, you will find it equally enjoyable at home.
May 29, 2005
I cannot belive this film was only rated with one star! I saw this film on opening night and the entire audience was laughing throughout most of the movie. This movie has by far been more entertaining than several other current movies that have been rated higher by film critics....including Kicking and Screaming. Adam Sandler does an outstanding job of acting in this film, not to mention the entire supporting cast of actors and profesional athletes associated with this picture as well.
May 30, 2005
Jun 2, 2005
A remake of the 1974 football classic which I saw a few years ago on AMC. A now 30 years later we get a remake starring Adam Sandler as a football quaterback who got sent to prison. While there, he trained prison immates to take on the guards in a unusual football game. Sounds like the 1974 with a new cast. Bert Reynolds who starred in the 1974 version is back to help Sandler. All I could say that the 2005 version is not as good as the 1974 or the 1974 is better than the 2005. I called it a tie. See both.
Jun 4, 2005
A funny, though formulamatic, film.
Jun 9, 2005
One of Adam Sandler's top 10 films
Jun 12, 2005
It's an OK movie... I probably wouldnt see it again
Jun 26, 2005
Chris Rock and Adam Sandler are up to their high standards of comedy and satire. Art
Jul 5, 2005
I really enjoyed the movie, it was funny and enough like the original to be good, but not just a carbon copy. I'll watch it again.
Jul 14, 2005
This was one the funniest movies that I have seen in a long time. All through out the entire movie the audience was laughing and there are some suprising plot twists.
Jul 27, 2005
As a fan of the original movie (with Burt Reynolds in the staring role) I was skeptical of Adam Sandler's ability to pull this off...and I was right. The movie (on a whole) was entertaining, and it had moments of brilliance...but Sandlers dumb expressions, poor acting, and horrible delivery of any line that cant be spoken in baby-talk jibberish dropped the film to rental status...at least for me. There are at least a dozen other actors I can think of right off the top of my head that could have saved this movie...but considering this was a "Happy-Madison Production", this remake may have never have been re-made if it weren't for Sandler.

It is not unlike a really rich guy buying a professional football team and then making himself the quaterback. Oh wait, wrong movie..."Heaven Can Wait" will be Sandler's NEXT remake!!

Bottom line...not great, but a few funny scenes make it worth the price of a rental.

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