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The story of pro quarterback Paul Crewe and former college champion and coach Nate Scarboro, who are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victor in a football game "fixed" to turn out quite another way.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 4 GD's, 49 S-words. Many others. SEX/NUDITY: Some pretty strong sexual references. VIOLENCE: Lots of somewhat brutal beatings and rough football action. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Quite a bit of football action throughout the movie. COMEDY: LOTS of chuckles and smiles plus several big laughs.
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Roger EbertFull Review Good '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.
USA TodayFull Review Good ...though The Longest Yard isn't very deep, neither is it any long ordeal at the multiplex. 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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The story of a former pro quarterback trying to make good in the toughest possible situation. When former NFL player Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler) is sent to prison, the warden forces him to transform a diverse group of inmates into a football team. Unlikely teammates, the convicts unite when they find out who they are playing: the guards. With the help of fellow inmates Nate Scarborough (Burt Reynolds) and Caretaker (Chris Rock), Crewe promises the cons a chance to exact revenge in a bone-crushing showdown where anything goes. The Mean Machine returns to the gridiron in this new take on the 1974 classic.