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The Longest Yard

Poor remake pushes the edges of PG-13.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

What parents need to know

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.

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).

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 27, 2005
DVD/Streaming release date:September 20, 2005
Cast:Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock
Director:Peter Segal
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Run time:109 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual humor, violence, language and drug references

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Educator and Parent of a 14 and 15 year old Written byLiz Perle April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bypatlaboon April 9, 2008
Adult Written byThatDanGuy April 9, 2008

Funny, but not as good as the original

I took my 12 year old son to see this movie and we both had a great time! There are some references to gay sex and Tracy Morgan (SNL) is hilarious as the team's head cheerleader! No one in the cast will win an Oscar, however the film is funny and appropriate for kids 12 and older, due to some of the language and a bit of prison yard violence.