The Longest Yard

Year: 2005
Studio: Columbia
Director: Peter Segal
Cast: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, James Cromwell, William Fitchner
Adam Sandler plays his more understated persona and lets the script and co-stars deliver the laughs I this second remake of the 1974 original.

Paul Crewe (Sandler), an ex football star disgraced for allegedly throwing a big game, can't let his past go, and when he takes to the road in his girlfriend's car one night in a drunken stupor, it lands him in a bleak Texas prison run by the requisite corrupt and psychotic warden and guards.

When the Warden (Cromwell) asks makes him put together a football team to help the guards train, he cobbles together a loose conflagration of the local thieves, murderers and drug dealers (who predictably learn all the Hollywood lessons about working together) with the help of comic relief Caretaker (Rock) and an ageing coach (Reynolds, who looks more old and tired than he ever has before), and the match becomes a major event.

Following much of the story of the original and with several of the same key sequences, it's played very much as a comedy, and as one it satisfies, complete with bone-crunching violence on the field for action fans.

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