Adam Sandler can't support the shoulder pads in The Longest Yard, plus readers choose the oddest cinematic couplings.

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May 27 2005 8:13 AM

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Adam Sandler can't support the shoulder pads in The Longest Yard, plus readers choose the oddest cinematic couplings.

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"Laurence Olivier as Neil Diamond's poppa in The Jazz Singer."
—Phil Nugent

"Can we forget the gruesome twosome of late-seventies love matches? David Carradine and Liv Ullmann in The Serpent's Egg. ... Some Golan & Globus casting intern had a field day sticking dishy angstmonger Hanna Schygulla into Delta Force ..."
—mdw

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"Tom Arnold as Hugh Grant's buddy in Nine Months (followed, of course, by Julianne Moore as Hugh Grant's girlfriend, and Chris Columbus as Julianne Moore's director). Grant and Arnold as pals reminds you of all those John Gielgud-Nat Pendleton two-reelers in the 30s."
—Mike Gebert

"Nothing can quite top, in The Greatest Story Ever Told, John Wayne looking up at Max Von Sydow [being crucified] and exclaiming, in his John Wayne drawl, 'Truly, this man was the son of God.' "
—Eoverpec

"Every scene where Rock Hudson and James Dean appear together in Giant destroyed whatever thin little strand of belief suspension I was occasionally able to muster during that monster."
—Charlie Hopper

"Granted, it was an animated movie, but hearing Eddie Murphy's and Julie Andrews' very recognizable voices together in Shrek 2 was a bizarre juxtaposition."
—Donald Cooper

Nick Nolte and Katherine Hepburn in Grace Quigley
Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro in Excess Baggage
Ice Cube and Elizabeth Hurley in Dangerous Ground
Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra in The Pride and the Passion
James Caan and a cowboy hat in Flesh and Bone
Matthew Broderick and a mustache in Glory
Patrick Swayze and an M.D. in City of Joy
Harvey Keitel and a product-placed box of Dunkin Donuts in Mortal Thoughts
Harvey Keitel and Kate Winslet's vagina in Holy Smoke
—Scott Wilson

Now for the flip side: The Harold and Maude Prize for actors who shouldn't mesh but do, strangely but gloriously. Dave Swanson mentions Tracy and Hepburn and, really, isn't that the most triumphant disconnect in movies? He makes her human, she makes him interesting. Of course, the other Hepburn casting coup was opposite Bogart in The African Queen. On the other hand, Hepburn and John Wayne in Rooster Cogburn and the Lady

Let's consider:

"Michael Caine (Scrooge) and Kermit the Frog (Bob Cratchit) in A Muppet Christmas Carol. While most Muppet movies are played for farce, this one, I feel, has a level of emotional resonance. According to Caine (I get this from interviews on the DVD), this is because he decided to play the role of Scrooge straight, and ignore the fact that his co-star was made of felt."
—Sarah Savage

"There's a scene in Tony Richardson's The Loved One featuring Margaret Leighton and Milton Berle as a rich, married Los Angeles couple. The weird thing is it works—between her mixture of hauteur and hysteria and his 'whaddayagonnado?' shrug, you can imagine how they might manage to live together."
—Phil Nugent

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