340 meters per second

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.

&mdash Alfred Adler (1870-1937)

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Distant replay.

I gotta confess to never having seen the original version of The Longest Yard, but by all accounts it's not a bad little movie. Steenblogen & I rented the sequel tonight and it almost made me want to see the original.

Less a typical Adam Sandler vehicle than an ensemble piece, The Longest Yard is also both more and less funny than I'd anticipated: the gags are fewer and further between than I expected, but individually they're funnier. Prison life is actually shown with a little grit and it's not all chuckles and knee-slaps behind the walls of the penitentiary.

The movie's paced well, Chris Rock does what he does best and the real-life football players acquit themselves well, demonstrating that pro football does teach you something about acting. James Cromwell, whom I still think of as the kindly farmer from Babe, does the 'vicious warden' thing just fine (two points if you can namethe last movie he played a warden in) and the choice to get Burt Reynolds in to play Michael Conrad's role from the original movie was a nice touch.

All in all, better than we expected: good, brisk comedy with some well-shot football scenes thrown in.


  • At 3:09 p.m., Blogger Unknown said…

    The original with Burt Renolds is a classic. One thing I thought the new one was missing was the fact that the drama happens in the last play, when they are only 1 yard away from the TD. Hence "the longest yard". The new one kinda glossed over it, while the original crescendo'd at that point.

    Also check out "Mean Machine". It's the Longest Yard with the folks from Snatch/Lock Stock and they use soccer instead of american football. Also very good. Stars Vinnie Jones.


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