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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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Frank Coraci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Bobby Boucher
Kathy Bates ... Mama Boucher
Henry Winkler ... Coach Klein
Fairuza Balk ... Vicki Vallencourt
Jerry Reed ... Red Beaulieu
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Derek Wallace (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Blake Clark ... Farmer Fran
Peter Dante ... Gee Grenouille
Jonathan Loughran ... Lyle Robideaux
Al Whiting ... Casey Bugge
Clint Howard ... Paco
Allen Covert ... Walter
Rob Schneider ... Townie
Todd Holland Todd Holland ... Greg Meaney
Robert Kokol Robert Kokol ... Professor
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Storyline

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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Instant Hero. Just Add Water. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Waterboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,414,071, 8 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$161,491,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,991,646
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, granddaughter of silent screen star Harold Lloyd, filed a fifty 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 ruled against her. See more »

Goofs

As Coach Klein sits down when feeling lightheaded, a curved line appears on the chalkboard. 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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Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version, the note Bobby gets early in the film reads "eat shit and kill yourself." For edited-for-TV versions the note reads "I hope you choke on your dandruff." See more »

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Referenced in Detention of the Dead (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Hawaiian War Chant
Written by Johnny Noble and Prince Leleiohoku (as Leleiohaku)
Performed by University of Michigan Marching Band
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Revenge Of The Cajun Nerd
27 February 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I have to admit: this Adam Sandler no-brainer is hilarious, just had me laughing right from the start. I'd rank it in my top ten funny movies of my collection and it features one of my favorite characters in film: Bobby Boucher Jr., a heckuva lot nicer guy than Sandler's "Happy Gilmore."

"Bobby" is about as innocent and a gentle-natured a guy as you'll find this side of Forrest Gump. You can't help but root for him, and that's the idea. What the film basically involves is another "Revenge Of The Nerds" theme except it's "nerd "- singular - as the picked-on waterboy turning the tables on the football jocks. Interesting to once again see Jerry Reed, whom I haven't seen much of since his days in "Smokey And The Bandit." He has much fatter face but everything else looked the same. Then there is Henry Winkler, "The Fonz" who now is the opposite: a guy with a terrible inferiority complex. All the characters in here are wildly exaggerated.

This cartoon-like comedy may not be high-brow, but so what? It's not totally low- brow either, but I do wonder why modern filmmakers cannot seem to make a comedy without all the sex references and the profanity. Nonetheless, Sandler's Cajun accent, his strange-looking-but pretty girlfriend (Fairuza Balk) and crazy mother (Kathy Bates, in the funniest role she's ever played) are all great fun to watch.

It's silly, particularly the ridiculous climactic football game, but then this movie is hardly to be taken seriously. It's all absurd humor, and 90 minutes was just right amount of time for it.


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