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The Waterboy (1998)

 -  Comedy | Sport  -  6 November 1998 (USA)
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A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

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Bobby Boucher is the lowly waterboy for a college football team, until the coach discovers his amazing talent for tackling people much bigger than him. He signs the Waterboy as the new star player, but Bobby must keep it secret from his overbearing and domineering mother. Written by Travis Kennedy

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language and some crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

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6 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Waterboy  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,100,000 (Non-US) (13 August 1999)

Gross:

£3,432,519 (UK) (18 June 1999)
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Trivia

There were two mules trained for this film, Steve and Billy. The mule in the film is Steve. Steve wouldn't "bray excitedly," so when you hear a mule, it is Billy braying. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby is given a waterboy job for Coach Klein, Coach is holding a blue cup. In the next scene, Bobby is holding it. See more »

Quotes

Coach Klein: [after football player spits loogie in water tank] Are you all right?
Bobby Boucher: I wasn't gonna do nothin', coach!
Coach Klein: Well ya better do something. You gotta stick up for yourself, Bobby.
Bobby Boucher: But what about the finally tuned athletic machine?
Coach Klein: I am not telling you to go on a shooting rampage!
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Written by Rich Bradley, Nate Brown, Craig Honeycutt, Wolfe Quinn, David Slankard and Steve Van Dan
Performed by Everything
Courtesy of Blackbird Recording Co./Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Check your brain, then get ready to laugh
5 December 1998 | by (Fresno, CA USA) – See all my reviews

A lot of people are shocked at how dumb, unbelievable, and campy this movie is. Obviously they've lived in a cave and never seen an Adam Sandler movie before.

You don't watch Adam Sandler for a cerebral workout. You'll never see him starring opposite Anthony Hopkins or Merryl Streep. Okay, I realize his IS cast opposite Oscar-Winner Kathy Bates, but don't confuse me with details. This movie is just a bunch of jokes wrapped around a weak plot.

Still, the jokes are really funny. I don't usually laugh out loud at the movies, but I guffawed at many parts of this movie. If nothing else, it stimulates the Three Stooges area of the frontal lobe of your brain.

On the down side, Rob Schneider must be a good friend, because his role was obviously a last-minute toss in. Schneider is not funny in this movie and his "lines" are by far the campiest element of this movie.

Still, it was amazing how the crowd with which I saw it reacted to the football scenes in the movie. I looked around and everyone was anxious or cheering like they're best friend was playing in the Super Bowl. Also, this is the hardest I've seen an audience laugh since "There's Something About Mary".

In short, if you can accept the fact that the plot is completely unbelievable and just watch it for laughs, you will enjoy this movie. If you're looking for Oscar-winning drama, go elsewhere.


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