The 1st and Ten Blogathon – The Longest Yard (2005)


This is my final of 6 submissions for the The 1st and Ten Blogathon being run by J-Dub over at Dubism and Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In

Tnx for letting me take part!

“You gotta always protect the McNuggets!” – Cheeseburger Eddy

Number of Times Seen – Twice (28 Jun 2005 and 5 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A former football star is sent to prison and must create a team of convicts to play against the guards.

My Take on it – For those of you who know me, you already know that I’m not the biggest fan of movie remakes especially when they add absolutely nothing to the story of the original.

This film is a perfect example of that.

This is a completely pointless remake and does too good of a job taking away from the original premise than adding to it.

Adam Sandler decided to turn this film into a pure comedy and somehow loses the entire message of the film that was done so much better in the original film.

The convicts in this film feel too much like caricatures and none of them are as memorable as the ones in the original were.

The story fails to move along at a smooth pace and there are too many points where it feels as if it isn’t moving at all.

What shocked me the most here is that Burt Reynolds chose to partake in this remake of his classic role.

It seems as if he chose to be in this film solely because of the paycheck and probably didn’t read the script before deciding to be a part of this film.

If you want to see this premise done right, watch the original film and skip this one unless you feel that you must watch ever Adam Sandler film.

Bottom Line – Completely pointless remake that adds absolutely nothing to the original premise but rather takes so much away from it. Sandler turns this film into a pure comedy and the message that was very apparent in the original isn’t present here at all. The cons in this film aren’t as memorable as the ones were in the original and that also takes away so much from enjoying this film. The story doesn’t move along smoothly enough and that also hurts things so much. I’m actually surprised that Reynolds chose to partake in this film and I suspect that he probably didn’t read the script before joining and just did it all for the money. Watch the original and skip this one unless you’re a die hard Adam Sandler fan.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Burt Reynolds was supposed to have a stunt double for when he got hit by Brian Bosworth on a touchdown run, but Reynolds insisted on doing it himself, saying “I got one run left in me.” Bosworth himself was honored by the whole situation, saying “Who else can say they got run over by Burt Reynolds?” Reynolds went through the hit in one take with no injuries, though he had to be helped off the field. The shots in the movie of him being helped off of the field were real, and not faked for the cameras. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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3 thoughts on “The 1st and Ten Blogathon – The Longest Yard (2005)

  1. Pingback: The “1st and 10” Movie Blog-A-Thon Is Here! | Dubsism

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