Eleven-year-old Nick and his crew: idealistic younger brother J.J. – the brains of the outfit, weird pal Johnny – his lieutenant, big girl Suzi – the muscle, and their six-year-old sidekick Adam, jockey for school yard supremacy with the bully Frankie and his henchmen as a film crew documents the proceedings. Nick stepped in to end their reign of terror and restore the natural order – but it's tough staying on top – and Frankie will stop at nothing to regain power. The rival gangs make their own rules in a skewed world that reflects and refracts the reality we live in. The Yard is the world in microcosm, run by and for the kids; it is a funny fast paced Goodfellas in a school playground with a Romeo and Juliet twist.
Runtime: 30 minutes
The Yard - The Longest Yard (2005 film) - Netflix
The Longest Yard is a 2005 American sports comedy film and a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. Adam Sandler plays the protagonist Paul Crewe, a disgraced former professional quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who is forced to form a team from the prison inmates to play football against their guards. Burt Reynolds, who played Sandler's role in the original, co-stars as Nate Scarborough, the inmates' coach. Chris Rock plays Crewe's friend, known as Caretaker. The cast includes James Cromwell, Nelly, William Fichtner and several former and current professional athletes such as Terry Crews, Michael Irvin, Brian Bosworth, Bill Romanowski, Bill Goldberg, Bob Sapp, Kevin Nash, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Dalip “The Great Khali” Singh Rana. The film was produced by MTV Films and Happy Madison Productions and distributed by Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures, and was released on May 27, 2005.
The Yard - Critical response - Netflix
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 32% based on 165 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, “This Yard has some laughs but missing from this remake is the edginess of the original.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 48 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. According to CinemaScore, audiences gave the film a grade of “A−” on an A+ to F scale. Roger Ebert, in the critical minority with this title, gave it a “Thumbs Up”, defending it later in his Chicago Sun-Times review as a film that “...more or less achieves what most of the people attending it will expect.” In the print review, Ebert beseeches his readers to “...seek out a movie you could have an interesting conversation about”, citing films not in wide release such as Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist and Kontroll, until finally encouraging his readers to “drop any thought of seeing anything else instead” if they can see Crash.
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