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The waterboy - Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Frank Coraci

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Movie propaganda

Instant hero. just add water.

Hollywood's wildest funny man [sic], Adam Sandler, scores big laughs in a smash comedy hit where the laughs never run dry!

Just an oddball mama's boy who grew up on a farm [sic], Bobby Boucher (Adam) never wanted anything more than to quench the thirst of the dehydrated athletes who treat him like dirt! But when Coach Klein (Henry Winkler) makes the call that allows Bobby to finally stand up for himself, it unleashes a torrent of bottled-up frustration... and exposes a talent for defence that transforms him from a meek water distribution engineer to the hardest hitter ever to roam the athletic playing field!

Here's your chance to join the millions everywhere who've proudly stood and cheered for The waterboy!

Persons of interest

  • Adam Sandler .... Bobby Boucher, Writer
  • Kathy Bates .... Helen "Mama" Boucher
  • Fairuza Balk .... Vicki Vallencourt
  • Henry Winkler .... Coach Klein, Muddog Coach
  • Jerry Reed .... Red Beaulieu, Cougar Coach
  • Larry Gilliard Junior .... Derek Wallace, Muddog Player
  • Blake Clark .... Farmer Fran, Assistant Muddog Coach
  • Peter Dante .... Guy Grenouille, Muddog Quarterback
  • Jonathan Loughran .... Lyle Robideaux
  • Al Whiting .... Casey Bugge
  • Clint Howard .... Paco
  • Allen Covert .... Walter
  • Rob Schneider .... Townie
  • Todd Holland .... Greg Meaney, Cougar Player
  • Robert Kokol .... Professor
  • Frank Coraci .... Robert "Roberto" Boucher Senior, Director
  • Tim Herlihy .... Screenwriter

Intelligence analyst

Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

So, Adam is at it again, eh?

Well... I wonder how he'd do in a serious rôle. Not! He's the B-grade Cheech Marin of the 90s. Or, if you're too young to remember Cheech, he's the Robin Williams for the 90s, although with Robin at least the films had a plot.

The waterboy was almost a good drama. Unfortunately, it was a comedy. It's Forrest Gump if Forrest was... well, Forrest was stupid and naïve... but if you took out the drama and the reality check (!) and set it all in his mama's back yard, then you'd have The waterboy.

Bobby rises uneducated from the Louisiana swamp; with the mama from hell he is never allowed the best luxuries of civilisation (I am not sure if that is a good or a bad thing). After getting fired from his job a hidden talent emerges and he saves a rival team from *drum roll* continuing their 40-something losing streak (better than Necessary roughness or Major league). When the first team finds out, they stop Bobby from playing [Tonia Hardman eat your heart out - Director of Intelligence]. Of course, he overcomes his difficulties and saves the day in the final game of the season.

I would watch this sort of flick over a movie like Star wars: the phantom menace because if I was on a date or with friends and wanted to see a good anti-drama movie, The waterboy would be it. It's funny, romantic and has plenty of necessary violence.

Now, when my doctor said that taking out anger on inanimate objects was a good thing, was the object supposed to be inanimate before or after?

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 surround sound
  • Disc: Single side, dual layer
  • Languages: English, German, Hungarian
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1)
  • Subtitles: Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, English captions, English closed captions, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language)

Running Time

86 minutes (1:26 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

14 February 2000
DVD retail: 7 July 2004

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Sic means "Their mistake, not mine"
Bobby and Mama don't live on a farm, they live in the bayou, eat snake for dinner and share half a brain.

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