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The Longest Yard Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Each joke and one-liner is a made-for-HBO zinger, each scene with Sandler a reaffirmation of the old friendship between the two successful SNL alums.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    That's what is missing from The Longest Yard most egregiously. Charm has been kept on the bench.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    This agreeable remake still manages to go the distance.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The new version has the zip of a 96-yard punt return and all the ingredients to inspire the celebratory crushing of empty beer cans.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Longest Yard more or less achieves what most of the people attending it will expect. Most of its audiences will be satisfied enough when they leave the theater, although few will feel compelled to rent it on video to share with their friends. So, yes, it's a fair example of what it is.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Poor remake pushes the edges of PG-13.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film pushes the edges of the PG-13 rating. It features repeated crude language (including one "f--k" and several uses of the "N" word), frequent violence on and off the football field, including one character burning to death in an explosion, beatings and hard tackles, prison guards slamming their charges' heads and crotches with batons, and inmates assaulting each other. Prisoners are locked in a "hot box" as punishment. Characters drink, smoke, take steroids, and are extremely disrespectful to authorities (cops and prison officials who, according to this film, deserve disrespect). In addition, the movie includes sexual imagery (a woman's cleavage, a woman in her underwear being spanked, gaudy transvestite cheerleaders, implied homosexual activity), and gendered and raced stereotypes serving as "jokes" (an older woman in an ugly wig, a guard who takes estrogen unknowingly and starts behaving like "a girl," and hyper-aggressive black, Latino, and Indian inmates).

  • Families can talk about drugs, steroids, and what it takes to bond in friendship. Families can also discuss the film's depiction of a corrupt prison system and how it sets up the inmates as heroes. What is the appeal of humor based on physical and verbal abuse of characters who are "different" in some way?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Repeated rude, violent, offensive behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Hard-hitting football, beatings in prison, a murder by burning, car crashes.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Transvestite characters, implied sexual activity, characters in underwear.

  • language false3

    Language: Pushes hard at the PG-13 boundaries.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Sports promotional contracts discussed.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, drug use.