The Waterboy, released onto DVD in 2006, is a very funny film starring Adam Sandler. I have always enjoyed films with Adam Sandler, because i think he is a funny guy anyway, and that seems to come out very naturally in his films.
The Waterboy, Bobby Boucher, never wanted anything more than to quench the thirst of his football team that treat him with no respect at all, he serves water that he distills and takes great care of. But When coach Klein tells Bobby to stand up for himself, he does just that, and takes revenge on one unsuspecting team member, when he tackles him so hard he starts to talk funny. Coach Klein then asks Bobby to play football for his team and in doing so, entitling Bobby to a college education.
Bobby plays football for the team, but his mother does not approve of it at all, and forbids Bobby to play. The coach visits his mother and tries to convince her to let him play, but his mother thinks football is the devil, which is what she thinks about everything she does not like.
This is a very funny film, where Adam Sandler is a half wit water boy. His mother is a very comical character too, especially when she serves a giant snake for dinner and squirrel as desert! They also have a horse called Steve, which in its self is ridiculously funny and she then starts to play badminton with it haha!!
A great watch for all the family!
The water boy has a simple storyline. Its about a long serving water boy, turned footballer who is renowned for his mighty tackles. Bobby (Sandler) joins an American football team behind his 'mummas' back as she says that football 'is the devil'. Along the way he falls in love with local bad girl Vicky Valencourt, which he also has to keep on the low because to his mumma she is also 'the devil'
This film is a simply brilliant comedy from Adam Sander in his earlier days. Its full of laughs and its one of those films which you can simply watch again and again. It isn't a serious film and it has a storyline which isn't really too significant. What im basically trying to say is if your an Adam Sandler fan, or a fan of comedies in general, then your bound to love this film, as are your family and friends. I strongly recommend it.
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The Waterboy tells the story of Bobby Boucher, who thought his dad had died due to lack of water, and as such quenching the thirst of the american football team is a very important job, and one he takes seriously. And he finds out that when he gets really angry he can take anybody out - which appears to be very useful in american football. He gets brought into the team and is their star player, but there is two problems; he is not the brightest and never passed primary school; and his mum thinks everything is the devil (she doesnt want her son to do anything as she doesnt want to loose him). Add a girl into the equation, and some rivalry, and you apparently have the perfect recipe for easy watching comedy.
Its a great film that i must have watched 4 or 5 times, if its on the TV I always find that I end up watching it. Very funny film. Sandler at his best.
The Waterboy like American pie is one of those films which when it came out everyone was repeating their favourite sayings from the film over and over again. These quotes continued for years after the films release I mean how many times have you heard "Ma Mumma said". The comedy in this film is simple yet very funny, its that mix of slap stick and in-jokes that everyone no matter what background can find it funny.
The casting is great. Adam Sandler is a very consistent actor that's why so many of his films have been successful. It was also nice to see Henry Winkler make a little comeback as the coach, I think much of generation probably didn't realise who the Fonze was.
I thought the story was good and original, its nice to have a comedy that doesn't just rely on he characters getting drunk or stoned and saying silly things. I also appreciate the style of the film, its so gritty and dirty being set in Louisiana swamp country, it adds a bit of atmosphere which added to the story.
The film is on one disc with a small production featurette which is not really worth watching.
I've seen many Adam Sandler comedies over the years and I thought the Waterboy released in 1998 was another one. I've always liked him in alot of the things he does. I also managed to pick up a copy on DVD recently for under £3 which is good value.
Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher in this film. He is a 31 year old who comes from Louisiana and still lives with his mum played by Kathy Bates. He has worked as a water distribution engineer for many years at the university and he's had enough to be honest with you. When he gets fired, probably to his relief, he lands a job as waterboy for a football team.
Unfortunately he gets teased to a high degree by the team and when this finally gets the better of him he snaps in typical Adam Sandler style and tackles a football player. The coach, upon seeing how he performs this tackle and the brutality involved, tries to recruit him into the team hoping to end a forty game losing streak. Against his mother's wishes he starts playing and soon his skill helps them get to the final of the 'Bourbon Bowl' where they must take on the University of Louisiana which is where Bobby got fired from originally.
Now in my opinion there are alot of laughs to be had as there are so often with Adam Sandler but you do find with him and his acting style, that people either love or hate him. If you like him then I'm sure you will enjoy this offering. The plot is not particularly original or substantial and is also quite predictable, but I guess it doesn't always have to be with some comedies.
I don't think it really matters whether you like American Football or not as some of the scenes are hilarious and will have you laughing regardless. The film succeeds in poking fun at almost everything over the course of it.
Overall, the movie is silly and not very realistic but is extremely funny and doesn't take itself seriously and neither should you when watching it...Great fun and another good Adam Sandler movie.
The Waterboy is an American comedy that came out back in 1998. The film stars Adam Sandler and was directed by Frank Coraci. The film did well on release and even managed to pick up a few awards. This is a slightly different role from the one Adam Sandler usually places but is still a typical crazy comedy like you would expect.
The film tells the story of a young man called Bobby Boucher. He is a very timid young man with learning difficulties. He is the Waterboy for the local high school football team. He takes his job very seriously and loves to make sure his water is served cold and perfectly. However the jocks make his life very difficult and basically bully him. One day it goes to far and Bobby tackles on of the quarterbacks. Basically he flaws the guy and the coach of the team sees this and decides he has found his new star player. So the story goes on from here, seeing how Bobby goes on in the team as they compete.
This is a strange film. Its quite hard to get used to the character Sandler plays, but when you do its quite entertaining. There are some good laughs and cameos from Kathy Bates and Henry Winkler really help the film along. The story itself is really nothing special and there are no great surprises, but it does what a comedy should and keeps you laughing.
There are a few bits that I found a little to silly and they just take things a little to far, but if you try and forget about those bits there are plenty of things to enjoy about this film.
The film runs for 90 minutes, which is really quite short but to be honest I think if the film was any longer it would really get a little repetitive and silly, so its probably a good job its only a short film.
The film is rated as a 12. There is some swearing and some crude humour but nothing really to serious that should offend to many people.
Overall this is a decent film and a nice easy one to watch. Its nothing to get overly excited about and not something you should really go out of your way to watch but if you get the chance you might want to give it a go. Am sure you will find something in there that will make you laugh.
Having dedicated his life to being a Waterboy, Bobby Boucher has been the butt of many American Football players' jokes over the years. When he links up with Coach Klein at a new College he is encouraged to stick up for himself. That unleashes years and years of built up tension as Boucher lets out all his aggression on one of the players. From that moment Klein realises he's found his new start player and the teams losing streak could be about to end. First though he has to turn Bobby from the Waterboy into a Football player.
Over the years I've been a huge fan of Adam Sandler, especially after seeing Happy Gilmore, so as soon as this film game out it became a must see. Of course Sandler's presence in the lead role will put a lot of people off, he seems to be one of those Marmite type actors, you either love him or you don't. PersonallyI really enjoy his movies and The Waterboy is no exception to that rule. originally released in 2008 it is another Sandler take on a popular sport following on from his interpretation of golf in Happy Gilmore.
This is the second time that Sandler and director Frank Coraci have linked up following their success with The Wedding Singer. While it's not a major Blockbuster I think it's fair to say that the combination of Coraci's vision and Sander's co-written script, it delivers an amusing comedy that doesn't run too long and does exactly what it says on the tin. There aren't any major special effects and even the camera angles used throughout the movie are pretty simplistic. That however is exactly what the film needed.
It doesn't try to be something it isn't and that is certainly a feature of a lot of Sandler's movies. He knows his own strengths and comedy seems to be something he can do with relative ease. At times this is an incredibly silly movie, but then that's what makes it so good. If you try to look at this film from a serious stand point then you are without doubt wasting your time. The plot is relatively simple with a hero rising from an unusual location, struggling to realise what he has to do but coming good in the end. It would never win awards as an amazing film, but it works and at 85 minutes long it's a nice short dose of comedy that requires absolutely no thinking or concentration at all.
For me this is one of my favourite performances by Sandler. It comes from a period where I thought he was doing his best work and that makes it one of my favourite Sandler films. The character was written for him to play and of course for that reason he has no problem in taking on the role of Bobby Boucher. There is something unique about Sandler's comical ability that mean only he could pull of a role like Boucher and seem to be able to do it without too much effort at all.
Like all of his films the supporting cast are all there to work around Sandler's lead character and this film is no exception. In the Waterboy though his supporting cast was made up of a few more established actors than normal. There is an excellent performance from Henry Winkler as Boucher's coach Klein. It's one of the few things I've seen him in other than Happy days and he certainly delivers a comical performance in the Waterboy. There are also good supporting performances from Kathy Bates as Boucher's mum and Fairuza Balk as his love interest. The supporting cast do just that though and assist Sandler in making a funny film that seems to be able to stand the test of time.
Overall this is a pretty decent film, it's never going to be remembered as a classic, but it does exactly what it is meant to. It has a good mixture of comedy and while the plot is a pretty simple one it moves along at a reasonable pace. It's not a film that requires a great deal of concentration, but it will keep you amused. Obviously fans of Sandler's films will love this as it follows what is now a very familiar format, which also means if you don't like Sandler, you'll find that you hate this film. It is exactly what you expect though and it works as a comedy, even if it is a relatively easy and formulaic version.
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Adam Sandler has made plenty of goofy films, and whilst The Waterboy isn't among his best, it's still a solid outing with a good few laughs even if it's the same Sandler loon we've seen numerous times before as the protagonist.
Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) plays a waterboy for a local football team who stutters and isn't so smart, but he's also got supreme anger issues and exhibits a lot of strength when he gets angered. After being kicked off of his former team and being heckled by others that he attempts to work as a waterboy for, he gets a job working for Coach Klein (Henry Winkler), providing them cleaner water after observing how dirty and digusting their water was. However, he exhibits enough strength that he is put on the team, and terrifies most of the opponents, resulting in the team being a lot more successful. As a result, he also meets Vicki Vallencourt (Fairuza Balk), a girl with whom he starts a relationship.
The film also examines numerous other issues, such as family, and the importance of getting an education, and how this doesn't seem to be important in the scheme of high schol sports.
Sandler here actually manages to be quite endearing rather than his usual psychopath with creepy sensibilities, and the supporting cast feature his usual friends along with some surprisingly upmarket actors such as Cathy Bates and Henry Winkler. Not as crude as most of his other films, although still providing enough that Sandler fans won't dismiss it, this is nevertheless one of his friendlier, sweeter films.
Not Sandler's best, but it's not half bad. Sandler's his usual goofball self, and if that's worked for you in his other films, then I think it will here aswell.
The Waterboy is one of quite a range of similar style comedies starring Adam Sandler. You will either like his silly and at times over the top comedy or you will find it a pain to watch. I find that Sandler is great to watch especially if you are in the mood for laughs without having to use your brain at all.Sandler produced the film and also co-wrote the script with Tim Herlihy. It was originally released back in 1998.
Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher (pronounced "Boo-SHAY")who is a 31 year old socially inept and stuttering water boy for a college football team .He lives a sheltered life with his mother and he is constantly tormented by the team he works for until he is fired by the coach for lashing out. He then finds a new team and coach to work for. His new coach discovers his amazing talent for tackling people much bigger than him. He signs the Water Boy as his new star player. He becomes the best linebacker in college football, but he needs to keep it secret from his over protective mother.
This movie is a real no-brainer but if that's what you're looking for then this is definately one you will enjoy. Adam Sandler specialises in this type of film and again he doesn't disappoint with the hilarious and sometimes slapstick comedy. The support cast works well with Sandler including Momma played by Kathy Bates and Coach Klein played by Henry Winkler. The Waterboy is not going to win any awards or even make its audience think, but it will inspire some laughs if you let it. If you want an hour and a half of fun and laughs, you can switch off your brain and see this.
Directed by: Frank Coraci
Music by Alan Pasqua
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Editing by Tom Lewis
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) November 6, 1998
Running time 90 min
Probably one of the most ridiculous plots for an American comedy that has become much more popular on DVD than its ratings show (5.7 on IMDB). Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher; a water boy for his college football team and victim of every stereotypical joke and insult from the players due to being slow and very dim. However, he soon realises, with the help of his coach, that when he gets angry, he has an extremely powerful tackle and starts winning games for the team. His over-protective mother doesn't approve and the plot sort of dwindles off a little in the second half.
Like with most of Sandler's movies, they're the best of the mediocre selection and it's usually his performance and somewhat likeable character that tries to hide the very weak plot and one-dimensional characters. The thing I find difficult about watching this is that I always know Sandler is acting. What I mean is that he usually plays a natural, average angry American with a heart so when he puts on this voice it's difficult to imagine Bobby Boucher instead of Sandler acting.
Overall, it's probably his second silliest behind Little Nicky but I think it is much better. It's nothing you will remember as a classic or a great piece of filming but rather something to make you laugh when you're bored.
The Waterboy was released back in 1998 and was a film that truly confirmed Adam Sandlers place as one of the biggest film stars out there. The film is about a young boy called Bobby who is fascinated with water and works as his college football teams waterboy, providing them with the coolest and most refreshing H20 available. Bobby is a slow and mentally challenged Cajun kid who is always the target of the bullies and the jokes and is eventually sacked and ends up taking up the same job with a lowlier team before one day he loses it and tackles one of the college players following yet another mocking...the team coach (Henry Winkler) sees this and decides to make him the next big college football star but this is against the wishes of Bobby's mother (Kathy Bates). The film follows Bobby as he battles against his demons, his mother and his mental challenges in order to make the right choice for his life. The film is a great film which shows how even the most adverse situations can work out to someones advantage.
Written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy, and directed by Frank Coraci, Waterboy is one of those 'feel good' movies that was released back in April 1998. This is a review of the film only.
Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) is a mentally challenged 31 year old that has suffered physical, verbal and mental abuse from bullies all his life. Helen "Mama" Boucher (Kathy Bates) is Bobby's lonely and over protective mother, who has vowed to shelter her son from the harsh realities of life. Consequently she has kept him wrapped up in cotton wool, which has stunted both his mental age and basic social skills. Bobby and Mama live in a wooden shack in the middle of a swamp on the outskirts of town and out of harms way.
Bobby has a love of American football and in a bid to achieve of making it as a player of an actual team he shows his commitment and dedication by being the waterboy, hoping that he will make the final cut in a game. Bobby's face just doesn't fit, and his slurred speech and immature ways (obviously the result of being wrapped up in cotton wool all his life) makes him an easy target and is constantly bullied by the rest of the team. Despite this Bobby puts up and shuts up in the hope of becoming a football player.
Bobby has never lashed out or stood up to his tormentors and the years of taunts, comments and abuse has been building up and up, until one day Bobby explodes. Outbursts are usually destructive but in the case of Bobby it is constructive as all his anger is channelled on the players of opposing football teams. Bobby's talent is spotted by Coach Klein (Henry Winkler) and Bobby is invited to join a rival football team where his skills are fully utilised.
As a sideline Bobby captures the eye of Vicki Vallencourt (Fairuza Baulk) and she soon becomes his love interest, much to the annoyance of Mama. The thought of her losing her son is a lot to take in and she immediately takes action to stop this from happening.
How far will Bobby's new team get? Will Bobby live happily ever after with his new belle or will Mama get in the way?
I was first introduced to Adam Sandler whilst watching Happy Gilmore, a movie that on the face of it looked absolute rubbish but in reality I found it fantastic. Happy Gilmore didn't rely on foul language or innuendos to be funny, unlike many other movies, yet it was very comical and had me hooked from start to finish.
After watching Happy Gilmore I was forced to watch the wedding singer (with my other half) and whilst overall the film didn't do that much for me I thought Sandler's character was quite comical and I started to rate him as an actor. When I found out he had the starring role of Bobby Boucher in Waterboy I was looking forward to watching it, although looking back I think my expectations were just too high.
The 'zero to hero' storyline is a tried and tested method that just works. Everyone loves an under dog and everyone wants the under dog to win, so it is natural that movies based on this kind of story are going to be popular. Happy Gilmore was based on the 'zero to hero' story and I liked that so surely I was going to like this right? Well no......
Personally I find the 'zero to hero' storylines very predictable and I can always guess how it is going to end, as I am sure many others can. It was not the story line that kept me hooked in Happy Gilmore, it was Happy's unpredictable nature and off the wall actions that maintained my interest. I had no idea what comical action he was going to do next. Unfortunately, the character of Bobby is not as good or wild as Happy and the overall movie suffers as a result. Bobby is not as volatile, and more sedate (even when his anger takes a hold of him) and this makes him a very predictable character. A predictable character and a predictable story line do not, in my opinion, make a good movie.
Bobby relies on his retarded nature and slurred speech to be funny, which I find quite sick. I am a firm believer in you should never mock people's disabilities, especially those that they have no control over, in order to get a cheap laugh. In my everyday life I come in to contact with quite a few people with such disabilities so I guess that I am likely to find it even less funny than most.
The acting in this movie is adequate. There are no mind blowing or amazing performances from any of the cast and whilst Sandler is clearly the main character that should steal the lime light he fails to do this with his lack lustre performance and I must admit that I was very disappointed. However, what disappointed me more was Winkler as coach Klein. I only remember Winkler as the charismatic Fonz who had a real on screen presence. Klein is most definitely flat in comparison and I think that Winkler has definitely lost his "mojo". All the other actors are just OK.
The cinematography in this movie is flat and uninspiring. There are no breath takingly beautiful scenes or any backdrops of any depth. The background scenery is actually boring, although it does compliment the film and get across what the producers are trying to get across. Whilst this movie progresses at an acceptable pace it there is no action at all. There are no wild scenes, no drama, no explosions and no car chases, unless you consider a ride on lawn mower to be a super car.
In my opinion audio is just as important as visuals in making a good movie. The audio in Waterboy is awful. In fact I would go far as to say it is non-existent, which is a shame. Using some kind of audio may even have made this film entertaining, but I guess this theory will never be tested.
Although this movie has been given a 12 certificate I think that the censors were a bit harsh in their rating. There is no foul language, there are no sex scenes (in fact there are very few sexual references at all) and there is very little violence, which in my opinion, all adds up to a family film. Personally, I think it would be children in the 8 - 14 age range that would find this movie the most entertaining.
Overall this is a very average movie and one that I would not recommend. The story is your typical unoriginal and unimaginative zero to hero type. The acting is average, the cinematography is average, the audio is poor and the end is just too predictable.
If you are a Sandler fan and liked him in The Wedding Singer and Happy Gilmore then I would recommend avoiding this film since his lack lustre performance in this may just see him slide down in your estimation, which is never a good thing.
Run time - 90 minutes
Certificate - 12
5 Awards and 6 other nominations
This is probably my favourite Adam Sandler film, it is funny with a nice feel good story line to it as well but it is the humour that shines through and Cathy Bates in a rare comic role as his larger than life mother is excellent. I love the scenes where she has cooked dinner from anything trapped on their Bayou home in the middle of the swamps as no effort is made to disguise the origins of the food.
Adam Sandler plays the character of Bobby Belcher, who has been raised single handedly by his mother, he is mentally challenged and as such behaves like a small boy much of the time, his obsession in life is providing te best quality drinking water to the local college football team however the steroid enhanced players make fun of him and treat him with contempt.
The team though are struggling but their fortunes are turned around when the coach played by Henry Winkler discoveres that when angry Bobby can tackle any player on the team no matter how big they are and as such the team start to actually win some games.
This is a simple comedy that works really well, some innocent observations from Sandlers character matched with some larger than life characters around him makes the whole thing work really well. It has a pretty predictable storyline and ending but that is not really a negative in the case of this film.
The Waterboy is a fairly good comedy that is by no means a classic but for me is one of the better Adam Sandler comedies that he has done. Sandler in this film sort of reminds me of the character played by Norman Wisdom in those old films I can remember watching when I was young as they were repeated on the TV all of the time.
Sandler plays the character of Bobby Belcher, a dim witted boy who lives with his domineering mother, played by the superb Cathy Bates, in Cajun country, he is the water boy on the local college football team and is the constant butt of the jock players jokes however one day the coach discivers that when angry he is superb defensive tackle capable of stopping the best running back or sacking the quarterback and suddenly the awful college team actually starts to have a chance of winning a game. The only problem is that he is mother has banned him from playing such a rough sport.
If you are a fan of his work then I guess you will like this film as it does have its funny moments, to be hinest Bates in the role of his mother is the one who really makes this film which also stars Henry Winkler as the rather feeble coach of the college football team.
Personally I enjoy the early scenes where he starts to play on the team and then the film sort of loses steam as it buildsup to the big final game and the showdown with the rival coach who is a bully and an easy target as a bad guy, bit one dimensonal in the story telling at times the film is still not a bad option for a cold afternoon during the holiday season.
The Waterboy a 1998 film directed by Frank Coraci stars Adam Sandler at his best in the role of Bobby Boucher!
** The Story **
The general plot of the film is based around Bobby Boucher a stuttering, teased waterboy who is pushed around by coach Beaulieu and the entire Cougar football (American) team.
Bobby's change of luck comes when he takes a job becoming the new waterboy for the losing down and out Mud Dog Team run by Coach Klein. Immediately teased by the team; Coach Klein senses his inability to release his anger something that we learn was instilled in him by the Cougar's Coach. After some gentle encouragement, and a lot of visualisation Bobby "opens a can of whoop Ass" on the players teasing him and is promptly recruited on to the team.....
Throughout the film Bobby is keeping his new life both on and off the pitch from his very protective mother who believes everything except her word is a work of the devil!
In the end Bobby proves himself a successful player; winning the Bourbon cup and defeating his demons (The Cougars), a successful lover winning the heart, quite of early on of Vicki Vallencourt and of course a successful mama's boy.
** In Summary **
Laughs and gags a plenty The Waterboy is one of my favourite films. Following the tried and tested storyline of the underdog becoming the hero it's a recipe for success with a star-studded cast who work together to create a laugh out loud comedy success!
** The Cast **
Adam Sandler plays the leading role of Bobby Boucher. Kathy Bates is the over protective yet lovable mama. Henry Winkler is Mad-dog coach Klein and Fairuza Balk plays the role of love interest Vicki Vallencourt. Rob Schneider also cameo's throughout the film.
Adam Sandler vaulted into the US$20-million-salary stratosphere with this, his second US$100-million hit in 1998--a movie that further shows just how deeply embedded he is in the Jerry Lewis tradition of idiot comedy. He plays Bobby Boucher, a backwoods Cajun and a mentally challenged individual with a fixation on water: specifically, on serving the coolest, most refreshing H2O available to the college football team he has served since he was an adolescent. But when he's fired from his position, he takes up a similar job with a lowlier college team coached by neurotic Henry Winkler. One day at practice, Bobby loses his temper and delivers a bone-shaking tackle to the starting quarterback; before he can say, "blackened crawdads", he's the star of the team and leading it to a bowl game. But it's all against the wishes of his overprotective mother (Kathy Bates), who wants to keep her Bobby to herself--and that includes keeping him away from the floozy girlfriend (Fairuza Balk) who's sweet on him. There are two kinds of people in this world: People who find Sandler funny and people who view him as a neon-lit symbol of the decline of popular taste. You know who you are and, based on that, you can decide whether this is a movie for you. --Marshall Fine