The Waterboy

November 6th, 1998

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The Waterboy

A football team water boy discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.8/10 (58,846 voted)

Critic's Score: 41/100

Director: Frank Coraci

Stars: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler

Bobby Boucher is the lowly water boy for a college football team, until the coach discovers his amazing talent for tackling people much bigger than him. He signs the Water Boy as the new star player.

Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler - Robert 'Bobby' Boucher Jr.
Kathy Bates - Helen 'Mama' Boucher
Fairuza Balk - Vicki Vallencourt
Henry Winkler - Coach Klein
Jerry Reed - Coach 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 - Greg Meaney
Robert Kokol - Professor

Taglines: The Water-Boy is The Devil!

Release Date: 6 November 1998

Filming Locations: Citrus Bowl - 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando, Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $39,414,071 (USA) (8 November 1998) (2664 Screens)

Gross: $161,487,252 (USA) (18 April 1999)

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Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [Frank Coraci] Bobby's father Robert.

Errors in geography: At the beginning of the movie they show Altell Stadium, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but in the filming locations, Jacksonville is not listed.

Dan Fouts: The waterboy just needed some water!
Brent Musburger: Wow Dan, did you come up with that all by yourself?
Dan Fouts: Shut up, Brent.

User Review

Revenge Of The Cajun Nerd

Rating: 9/10

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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