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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$161,491,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,991,646
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The inspiration for this movie is a combination of Adam Sandler's song "The Lonesome Kicker", "Canteen Boy", and the "Cajun Man" sketches from Saturday Night Live (1975). See more »

Goofs

On the last play of the Bourbon Bowl, Bobby throws a pass to the quarterback for the winning touchdown. The QB is running down the left sideline looking over his right shoulder, and reaches back to catch the pass with his left hand, while beginning to fall on his left side. But in the next shot, shown from beyond the endzone, he is seen falling on his right side. See more »

Quotes

Guy Grenouille: Hey, moron! Hey! Moron! Duh! L-L-Look at me. I'm th-th-the waterboy. Duh! I got a wooden spoon! Duh!
Greg Meaney: [Bobby pictures the people who tomented him in the past] Smells like you need a shower, stinky!
[Meaney laughs evily]
Coach Red Beaulieu: You're fired!
[Red laughs evilly]
Bobby Boucher: [Captain Insano and Jim Simmonds laugh]
[Bobby becomes enraged]
Bobby Boucher: Stop makin' fun of me!
Guy Grenouille: Red thirty! Hut!
[Bobby chases Grenouille, screaming, then ramming and tackling him hard to the ground]
[...]
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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 »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 American Football Movies (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Doin' My Thang
Written by Sherwin Charles, Ivan Norwood, James Carter and Travis Lane
Performed by Lifelong featuring Incident
Contains a sample of "Best of My Love"
Written by Maurice White and Al McKay
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The Waterboy is one of Adam Sandlers best comedy films.
13 December 2007 | by dobbin-4See 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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