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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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Everybody will feel his pain November 6. See more »

Genres:

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

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 »

Goofs

When Bobby finds Vicky working on his lawnmower, a man wearing a yellow shirt appears and disappears several times throughout the scene. 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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Referenced in Unfabulous: The Bar Mitzvah (2005) See more »

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Glowing Soul
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Written by Candlebox
Performed by Candlebox
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Sandler's best since Billy Madison
30 April 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked the Waterboy. It was crude, raw, and utterly funny. Adam Sandler gives his funniest yet since his 1995 cult hit Billy Madison. In this feel good movie, Sandler plays a dumb waterboy who gets on a football team and becomes a damn good tackler. Everything in this film is funny, from beginning to end. Henry Winkler has his best in years as a down on his luck coach and Kathy Bates is Dead Pan funny as mama. Great all around. A+


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