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Rated PG-13 · 2005
Adam Sandler cast as a former pro quarterback -- that laughable setup is about the only funny thing about this pointless, witless remake of a movie that wasn't intended to be taken as a comedy in 1974 and won't be mistaken for one here. What's most startling about this redo is how faithful it is to the original, yet without any hint of what made the '74 movie work. The story remains exactly the same, except for the inevitable dumbing down that's required of anything bearing the MTV Films imprimatur. What was once a smart tale about defeat hiding in victory's tall shadow is now just one more stupid Sandler movie, The Waterboy promoted to starting quarterback; what was once a sordid send-up of fame is now summer camp for former Saturday Night Live cast members (Sandler, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Rob Schneider), who get to hang with real pros and play catch for the cameras. Burt Reynolds shows, too, to collect a paycheck that might bounce if he hasn't cashed it already.

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