Hollywood loves a remake. Perhaps that's why Peter Jackson will helm a third version of King Kong, coming in December—not that I won't be camping out in line with everyone else. Or, maybe that explains why several of the summer's most-anticipated films are remakes, adaptations, or sequels: War of the Worlds, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Batman Begins, and Fantastic Four (just to name a few).

Nelly and Adam Sandler as Earl and Paul, respectively

Nelly and Adam Sandler as Earl and Paul, respectively

Though remakes aren't always successful—and some claim that remakes and sequels are never as good as the originals—I enjoyed The Longest Yard, Hollywood's latest foray into remake-world. The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler and directed by Peter Segal (who also helmed Sandler's Anger Management and Fifty First Dates), is more of an homage to the original film of the same name, which starred Burt Reynolds as the feisty quarterback. The updated version is nearly a play-by-play of the original, touting several similarities including "action" sequences (e.g. an opening car chase), characters (major and minor), and spots of dialogue along the way.

In the opening scenes of the movie, things aren't going well for ex-NFL quarterback Paul "Wrecking" Crewe (Sandler). He's living with and off his girlfriend, Lena (Courtney Cox Arquette), a woman scorned who tells Crewe that he should forget about football, "because football's forgotten about you." On that note, Crewe (full of anger and under the influence) takes Lena's Bentley and promptly causes a multiple car pile-up, earning himself a 3-to-5 year stay at Allenville Federal Penitentiary (the trailer calls it West Texas Federal Prison, so pick your poison).

Burt Reynolds, who starred in the 1974 original, comes back for the remake

Burt Reynolds, who starred in the 1974 original, comes back for the remake

When Crewe arrives at the prison, he's greeted with Captain Knauer's police baton, which quickly fells Crewe. After ...

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The Longest Yard
Our Rating
2½ Stars - Fair
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, violence, language and drug references)
Directed By
Peter Segal
Run Time
1 hour 53 minutes
Cast
Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, Nelly
Theatre Release
May 27, 2005 by Paramount Pictures
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