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The Longest Yard

Title: The Longest Yard
Directed by:
Peter Segal
Written by:
Sheldon Turner, Albert S. Ruddy
Year: 2005

Although I like physical activity, I have never liked watching sports on television. Films about sports are probably even worse, so this one did not have much potential in the first place, but the occasion demanded a lightweight movie that did not demand too much attention. Sadly, being lightweight is the only way in which The Longest Yard receives full marks.

The setting is so typical that one knows the layout of the entire film almost from the start. A famous American football, now inactive because of a scandal caused by a fixed match, is sent to jail for reckless driving. Naturally, he is picked to form and train a team of inmates who are to provide opposition to the guard team as a warm-up before their real matches begin.

From there on, the story is pretty obvious. The only thing surprising me is that the final match takes an enormous amount of time and is boring to an extent I would not have thought possible. The actors and the directing of the film do not manage to alleviate the core lousiness of the entire concept, and even if some moments are entertaining, I will henceforth use The Longest Yard as a prime example of why I detest sporting movies.

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