The Longest Yard is inexplicably faithful to its inspiration, the buffoonish 1974 Burt Reynolds comedy. It’s pandering, puzzling and downright idiotic. Adam Sandler takes over the Reynolds role of Paul Crewe, a former professional quarterback who is
sent to prison, where he leads a team of Neanderthal convicts in a game against their guards (Reynolds, clinging to a questionable legacy, returns to play the cons’ coach). Much locker room humor ensues.