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The Waterboy (1998)

PG-13  |   |  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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You can mess with him. But don't mess with his water. See more »


Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Waterboy  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,414,071 (USA) (6 November 1998)


£3,432,519 (UK) (18 June 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film was once the highest grossing sports comedy of all time, while another Adam Sandler vehicle, The Longest Yard (2005) was once the second highest grossing sports comedy of all time. See more »


While Bobby and Vikki are talking outside LT's football camp, the same red mini-van drives by in the background twice. See more »


Rita: Is there a girl you're seein'?
Bobby Boucher: Seein'? Uh, I see a lot of girls... I see a lot of guys too.
Rita: I think that's sexy, you ever been with a guy and girl at the same time?
Bobby Boucher: Oh yea, plenty of times. The other night, I was with my Mama and Coach Klein at the same time.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 6 August 2015 (2015) See more »


Hail to the Chief/Drum Cadence
Music by James Sanderson
Arranged by Gordon Henderson
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
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Adam Sandler is known all around the world for his comedy, when is a good era' and time to see Sandler at his best? Of course the golden years of the late nineties, this was Adam Sandler at his very best. His performance is way-over-the-top, but his character provides plenty, and plenty of laughter for all ages. Sure many rant his performance as "too silly" or "just not funny", but who can't find Adam Sandler in his golden years funny? The movie is just for laughs, there's no Oscar winning performances nor is it any "movie stand-out", just a normal, fun basic Adam Sandler movie with the funny characters and quotable dialog.

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