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The Longest Yard (2005)
Better than "The Waterboy"
I got to see the same sneak preview movie at the theatre last week.
With all the TV advertising and trailers at the movies I thought the film was coming out soon, but I just checked and they said it won't hit the Cineplex until May 27th!
Prediction? It will the box office winner on Memorial Day weekend. Perfect time to come out with a football picture because all the NFL fans are fed up with Arena football and thirsty for any real football.
Well, what can I say about the movie? Loved it! Very entertaining. You could get into the characters, no matter how despicable they were and you were rooting for them. Of course the story is an old one. They filmed it in 1974 with Burt Reynolds and it is about prisoners playing a football game against the guards. It's a comedy, but boy it is Violent with a capital V.
It is a real macho man movie and everyone is going to love it. Adam Sandler gets beat up or beat down a lot in the movie, they give the best lines and jokes to Chris Rock and there will be a few other Saturday Night Live people you will recognize in it. There are a lot of scenes of cheap shots and unsportsmanlike conduct. Very physical, very brutal. Some scenes will make you cringe. You will feel their pain. Not blood and guts with stabbings or shootings, but extreme football hurts and hits.
Yes it's a comedy and yes it's funny, but also ultra violent, did I mention that already? Now I know why I gave up on football in high school and focused more on Cross Country and Track & Field...because I realized I would live longer if I competed in a sport where no one is trying to injury me or knock you out of competition.
A great film? No, but people will feel they got their money's worth and yes, it will be popular on DVD with outtakes and behind the scenes footage. I can't see it getting a PG-13 rating, not with all the language and use of the "N" word by the cookie cutter, steroid popping sadistic guards.
Fever Pitch (2005)
Saw the sneak preview tonight of "Fever Pitch" in Los Angeles. Wicked Good! Absolutely Loved it! Hope you do too! It was great seeing them win the World Series all over again and this time on the big screen! I am no great fan of Drew's, but she was cute and slimmed down (she was chubby in "50 First Dates") and I will get a lot of flack from my next comment, but Jimmy Fallon is a great actor...He made me believe he was a Red Sox Fan! and that is great acting. The romance part, the comedy part, the Red Sox part...it all worked for me and Ebert & Roeper confirmed it.
The music was just right...brought back lots of great memories.
The comedy was just right...brought back lots of great memories.
The scenes of Fenway were just right...brought back lots of great memories.
Stay for the whole movie...I mean through to the very last second of the closing credits and then stay some more! Go out and buy another ticket to see the movie again! Should I compare it to other recent comedy/love stories? "Garden State" and "50 First Dates" or "Stuck On You. 'nuff said...if you're a Yankees fan you are going to hate it! Everyone else in the Red Sox nation should love it!!! Aloha, Tom P.S. A Red Sox fan since 1967