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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Wallace (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Al Whiting ...
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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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Everybody will feel his pain November 6. 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  »

Filming Locations:


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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Did You Know?


The climactic Bourbon Bowl scene was filmed at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL, however the flyover shown in the film is actually of Williams-Brice stadium at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. See more »


When reporting on the final game, the ESPN announcer mentions that it is "the first annual Bourbon Bowl." Yet in the next scene, a patch that reads "The Bourbon Bowl 50th Anniversary 1948-1998" is clearly sewn onto the football jersey worn by Bobby Boucher. See more »


Bobby Boucher: Good luck on the upcoming play.
West Mississippi Lineman: I'll be playing with your mama tonight.
Bobby Boucher: [stares at him] Sixty-two...
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Master of Disguise (2013) See more »


Lonely Boy
Written and Performed by Andrew Gold
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Oh Come ON!! This was not meant to be high art..just great fun
26 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All of the characters were well developed and entertaining. This movie never pretended to be anything more than it was..a fun, wacky comedy with a bizarre plot. Anyone who beats this up for being dumb should be taken out back and paddled. It is obvious THEY are too dumb to realize that this was DESIGNED to be dumb. Anyway..there are too many scenes that I STILL laugh at today, even though I have seen this 1/2 dozen times. So, if you are looking for the greatest film ever made on all levels..give this a pass..if you can relate to the humor, it's a wonderful hoot! I am not a die hard Adam Sandler fan, but I think he scored a 10 in this one for likability and laughs.

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