Burt Reynolds Photograph by Tony Duran
EW Staff
April 21, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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
Tim Herlihy, Sheldon Turner
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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