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The Waterboy (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 6 November 1998 (USA)
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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A man with a serious drinking problem See more »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$161,487,252 (USA) (16 April 1999)
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Trivia

In the German version, Adam Sandler is not dubbed by Dietmar Wunder as usual. Instead, the German Disney subsidiary used comedian Matthias Knop to perform the dubbing. At the time, Knop was successful with his character "Super-Ritchie" (a kind of extremely dumb-minded version of Superman) and he performed the dubbing in the same manner of speech as his "Super-Ritchie" character. The film was widely panned by critics and audiences alike and the dubbing is regarded as one of the worst in history. See more »

Goofs

On the final play of the game, Bobby's team snaps the ball at midfield where he recovered the onside kick. The penalty for the late hit on Bobby have not been marked off. The announcers even mention that the Mud Dogs will not be kicking a field goal for the tie, but play to win. A field goal without the yardage from the penalty would have been in excess of 60 yards. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Boucher: Nice hit, Mama.
Mama Boucher: Thanks, baby. Now you go on and have some fun becomin' a man.
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Connections

Referenced in Even Stevens: Take My Sister... Please (2000) See more »

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Hooch
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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great timing
24 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

for some reason this is one of my favorite movies. the timing is great. i've seen some movies that were potentially funnier but the editing/timing was off. but here the humor is only magnified. occasional tired spots do exist, but they only help to set up some hilarious physical comedy and gleefully goofy dialog. and Sandler's character occasionally makes me tear up with such a weird vulnerability (like his "lunchlady land" song). Kathy Bates does a great job playing his mother, and Fairuza Balk's Becky Ballencort is sinfully sexy. best of all is Henry Winkler's Coach Kline, though i can't tell if its really his character or just the contrast of his character to the Fonz character that I grew up with. Regardless, this movie cracks me up.


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