The 2005 remake of "The Longest Yard" wasn't that bad. But it can't hold a candle to the original. What made the first film a great film is missing from the remake. All of the dark, brutal and edgy elements are gone and replaced by juvenile humor, flashy editing and bad writing. The only thing that saves this film from being another mediocre remake is the acting from the cast that manages to over come all of these handicaps and make it an entertaining watch. The producers also made this one a PG-13 film in order to draw more of the teen age crowd. That was a mistake because the first film was rated R and hearing the childish swear words and situations took away from the film. But they didn't change enough of it to make it a real joke (like it could have been),
The film basically follows the plot of the first one (albeit with a few changes and modern day modifications) Paul Crewe is a former football player who was kicked out of the League for gambling and point shaving. One night he steals his rich girlfriend's car and goes on a high speed chase being trailed by the police. Arrested and sentenced to 3 years of hard labor, Paul's celebrity status and notoriety makes him a pariah amongst the prison populations (guards and convicts). Paul attracts the attention of Warden Hazen who wants him to assemble a football team of convicts to play against his guards in a tune up game. Warden Hazen has other plans about the game and what it can do for the morale of his guards as well as the prison population, Can Paul assemble a team of misfits and take on the guards or will they become tackling dummies for their superior opponents?
Several pro wrestlers appear in the film such as Bill Goldberg, Dalip Singh (The Great Khali), Kevin Nash, Bob Sapp and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Former pro football players Brian Bosworth, Bill Romanowski and Michael Irvin also appear in the supporting cast as well. Adam Sandler stars as Paul Crewe and Burt Reynolds appears as the old veteran Nate Scarboro along with James Cromwell (Warden Hazen), William Fitchner (Captain Knauer), Cloris Leachman (Lynette), Chris Rock (Caretaker), Nelly (Earl Meggett) and Tracy Morgan (Ms. Tucker). Chris Berman and Jim Rome appear as themselves.
Check it out the next time it comes on Satellite TV or cable, it's a fun time killer.