The Longest Yard

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Poor remake pushes the edges of PG-13.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 109 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 41 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Repeated rude, violent, offensive behavior.


Hard-hitting football, beatings in prison, a murder by burning, car crashes.


Transvestite characters, implied sexual activity, characters in underwear.


Pushes hard at the PG-13 boundaries.


Sports promotional contracts discussed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, smoking, drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film pushes the edges of the PG-13 rating. It features repeated crude language (including one "f--k" and several uses of the "N" word), frequent violence on and off the football field, including one character burning to death in an explosion, beatings and hard tackles, prison guards slamming their charges' heads and crotches with batons, and inmates assaulting each other. Prisoners are locked in a "hot box" as punishment. Characters drink, smoke, take steroids, and are extremely disrespectful to authorities (cops and prison officials who, according to this film, deserve disrespect). In addition, the movie includes sexual imagery (a woman's cleavage, a woman in her underwear being spanked, gaudy transvestite cheerleaders, implied homosexual activity), and gendered and raced stereotypes serving as "jokes" (an older woman in an ugly wig, a guard who takes estrogen unknowingly and starts behaving like "a girl," and hyper-aggressive black, Latino, and Indian inmates).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byMovieman456 February 23, 2020
It is a great football movie with Adam Sandler
Adult Written byDevesh G. July 26, 2019
Kid, 12 years old December 19, 2008


this was so awesome!!! it had som language but overall it was excellent. it wud b good 4 tweens and up
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat September 13, 2020

What's the story?

In this remake, frustrated former NFL quarterback Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler) lands in a desolate Texas prison following a particularly rowdy joyride. At prison, Paul is assigned by the selfish, political-career-minded warden (James Cromwell) to assemble a cons' team to play and lose to the big-necked guards' team. The guards' abuses of inmates range from beatings to harassment. Paul manages the team with the help of Caretaker (Chris Rock) and an old-timer, Nate (Burt Reynolds); their players are assigned reductive "traits": Brucie (Nicholas Turturro) is demented; receiver Deacon Moss (former NFL star Michael Irvin) is much-respected; the Beast (K-1 Kickboxer Bob Sapp) is ferocious; Torres (Lobo Sebastian) always smokes cigarettes; Turley (Dalip Singh) is a giant whose every utterance is subtitled.

Is it any good?

What were they thinking? This movie has almost nothing to recommend it. Sandler -- unflappable, mildly self-mocking, and amusingly quizzical as always -- squeezes awkwardly into an old Burt Reynolds role. Though he's beaten repeatedly and endures something of a moral dilemma (the film is a play-by-play copy of the 1974 version), Sandler maintains his signature laidbackness, playing straight man while all around him "bring the pain."

The unoriginal gags include transvestite cheerleaders (for instance, Tracy Morgan as Ms. Tucker); the warden's aging secretary (Cloris Leachman), who has a crush on Paul based on the underwear ads he made as a superstar athlete); and the warden's political advisor looks like Colonel Sanders.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about drugs, steroids, and what it takes to bond in friendship. Families can also discuss the film's depiction of a corrupt prison system and how it sets up the inmates as heroes. What is the appeal of humor based on physical and verbal abuse of characters who are "different" in some way?

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