Longest Yard, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Revved-up remake of the 1974 sports comedy about a former pro quarterback (Adam Sandler in the Burt Reynolds role) whose recklessness lands him in a Texas state prison where the gridiron-obsessed warden (James Cromwell) blackmails him into organizing an all-inmate team to take on his semipro squad of sadistic prison guards. Despite some crowd-pleasing moments and the softening effect of Sandler's comical likability, director Peter Segal's version follows the original's lead, making vulgarity and brutality just another joke while going for a more MTV-style edge. Strong prison and playing-field violence, an instance of rough language and much crude and sexual language and humor, including an ongoing joke involving some gay inmates, racial remarks, drug references, fleeting rear nudity and a scene of drunk driving played for laughs. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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