Sunday, May 29, 2005

The Longest Yard (**1/2)

Another in a long line of Hollywood remakes that probably never should have been remade. The Burt Reynolds original was an enjoyable enough sports flick, with a cool story and great lead performance. This remake stars Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, and though it's enjoyable and entertaining for the most part, it certainly isn't anything worth bragging about. The comedy is stale and one-note. Jokes that weren't funny the first time are endlessly repeated. Also, Chris Rock sucks as an actor. He should stick to stand-up. One can't help but imagine what Dave Chappelle would have done with a role like this, and some input in the script. The movie ends up feeling like it's been programmed and test marketed to appeal to as many people as possible. That helps explain why I ended up liking it in spite of my reservations, and yet found it unfulfilling. Like a can of Coke, this one's just empty calories.


At 10:11 AM, Blogger Jules said...

Like the Coke analogy, but shouldn't this one be only **. Your reservations are mighty, my friend, and while not a complete waste of time, I definitely did not like this movie.

The projector trying to burn up the film was just self-preservation.

Doo do do do dee do do. doo dee do do do doo.


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