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A pair of lovably flawed heroes from the 1970s returned to the big screen in 2005: Bad News Bears coach Morris Buttermaker and The Longest Yard quarterback Paul Crewe. The now-and-then of it all
A typically curmudgeonly Walter Matthau.
A typically lecherous Billy Bob Thornton
Knowing he can't out-rumple Matthau, Thornton wisely goes in a different direction. His darker Buttermaker (he beds a player's mom) undergoes a more pronounced redemption, which makes the remake--while not as charming as the 1976 original--a more involving film.
A typically cool Burt Reynolds, who played football at Florida State.
A typically goofy Adam Sandler, who played football in The Waterboy.
The subversiveness of the 1974 version is gone, thanks to Sandler's defanged Crewe. The original made a statement to its Watergate-era audience about power tending to corrupt. The remake features a cameo by Rob Schneider. 'Nuff said.