LAUGHS GALORE AS WRESTLERS STRUT THEIR STUFF ON THE SILVER SCREEN AND HOLLYWOOD DELIGHTS IN THE ART OF THE REMAKE
THE LONGEST YARD
Hilarity and high jinks galore ensue as Crewe teams up with Caretaker (Chris Rock), the guy who can get you anything you want in prison to form a team of prisoners. Unfortunately the motley team they assemble doesn’t seem up to the task until another inmate, Nate Scarboro (Burt Reynolds, who played Paul Crewe in the original); a former football player himself volunteers to coach the team. With Scarboro’s help, Crewe begins to form a team that will allow the prisoners to get their revenge on the guards and maybe even get the ultimate revenge by defeating them in front of a national television audience. Unbeknownst to everyone, Warden Hazen has no intention of Crewe’s team having a chance at winning.
This remake of the Longest Yard has got to be one of the best remakes that Hollywood has produced in quite a while. While it is faithful to the original story, it is much funnier than the original (which by the way is still a must-see movie). Sandler and Rock are both hilarious (although you’d never think Rock was a comedian judging by most of his films) and their on-screen chemistry is terrific.
Oh yes, and there’s the small army of wrestlers who have supporting roles in this film (which is why you’re reading it here on a wrestling site). “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Kevin Nash play two of the prison’s guards while Bob Sapp, Bill Goldberg, and Dalip “Giant” Singh play three of the monsters recruited for the inmates’ team. With the exception of Austin (who doesn’t exactly stretch his acting ability by playing a redneck guard), the wrestlers bring a lot to the table. Nash and Sapp are real stand-outs and it’s easy to see why Nash has been getting supporting parts in movies as of late. He plays a brutal prison guard who finds himself getting in touch with his feminine side after an unexpected brush with estrogen. Nash shows good range as he transforms from a brutal guard into a metrosexual one. Sapp is equally delightful as he plays an inmate with the strength and intelligence of an ox. Dalip Singh, a nearly 400 lb. wrestler from New Japan Pro Wrestling plays another one of the inmate team’s monsters and is fun to watch. Lastly, Bill Goldberg puts in a good performance as a powerful inmate who is hung like a dinosaur and just about as strong. Goldberg doesn’t get to do much but his scenes are memorable and it makes me think there may be hope for his Hollywood career.
Just like a championship football team, everyone does their job to perfection. Whether their role is small or large, everyone does their job well and it makes for a top-rate film. Sandler and Rock are funny as you would expect and Burt Reynolds does a terrific job playing the old veteran who lends his expertise to Sandler’s makeshift team. The film provides non-stop laughter and should be on comedy fan’s radar for the film to see this summer. Wrestling fans should get an extra kick out of seeing some of their favorite superstars appearing on the silver screen while laughing their ass off.
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