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The Longest Yard

I’ve seen it, Kathryn. It’s going to be a huge hit. Begins really well, very vividly, then slows way down in the middle until it kicks it up at the finale. The major problem with it is that while, in the 1974 original, it seemed entirely plausible that there could be a prison as horrible as the one in the movie, the prison depicted in the new movie simply could not exist in the era of the consent decree. And the anti-criminal-justice, pro-prisoner take is annoying (watch for idiot movie critics making Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo references in their reviews on Friday).

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