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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Wallace (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Todd Holland ...
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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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, granddaughter of silent screen star Harold Lloyd, filed a $50 million dollar lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company in 2000, claiming that this movie was plagiarized from Lloyd's silent film classic The Freshman (1925). By 2002, the courts had ruled against her. See more »


The film was shot open-matte. Consequently, in the 4:3 full-frame version of the movie, there are multiple instances of camera tracks becoming visible at the bottom of the screen. See more »


Guy Grenouille: Needledick, Needledick, Needledick!
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References Schoolgirls in Chains (1973) See more »


King Cotton
Written by John Philip Sousa
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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The Waterboy is one of Adam Sandlers best comedy films.
13 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Now I am a huge fan of Adam Sandlers dumb-ass films but I think that is why people have let him a have a career so long. They just love his dumb-ass movies. The movie centres around the local water boy who when the coach of the football team notices he can tackle hard when mad he puts him as the new quarterback of tackeler guy sorry I am Australian. The movie is good on many pointers as it shows that Adam Sandler can play 2 different types of dumb guys, nice dumb and guys and mean dumb guys. If you have not already seen this you should take some time to seat down and enjoy the movie. Overall this movie is a fun excuse to seat down and dumb out but I can see why people would not like this film. I rate this film 83%.

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