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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

WATERBOY IN THE LONGEST YARD
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh NO! Why, why do they have to screw with a classic football movie like The Longest Yard by doing an Adam Sandler-fronted remake? I don't care if Snoop Dogg is in it, it's a recipe for disaster.

While the main story will remain, several elements of the original film will be changed, [Sandler's business partner Jack] Giarraputo said in a statement.

No kidding. They'll have to change significantly, as Sandler cannot conceivably pull off a convincing Burt Reynolds character type. I can see this becoming a remake in title only.

In fact, why not dispense altogether with the notion of re-creating the half-funny, half-gritty mood of the original? Play to Sandler's goofy strengths instead. Simply call this abomination The Waterboy II: The Longest Yard, and be done with it. Manchild Bobby Boucher goes to jail--that's the ticket!