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The Waterboy (DVD)
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The Waterboy (DVD)
Advantages: Great comedy & American Football mix
Disadvantages: Not for everyone, quite crude in places
Adam Sandler is unlikely to ever star in a run-of-the-mill film. He is a comedian actor, as opposed to an actor who gives funny turns in a comedy. His 1998 film The Waterboy shows his diversity and ability for character acting, with hilarious consequences.
Bobby Boucher has grown up leading a sheltered life. Living on a farm with his 'momma', Bobby eventually winds up as the waterboy for an American Football team. Obsessed with the powers of water, and ever on the search for 'high-quality H20', the team constantly ridicule him until one day, he loses his temper, charges at one of the players, and sends him flying. Pretty soon, Bobby is in kit, playing for the team who can't seem to win, and becomes their star player. As the season progresses, Bobby's momma starts imposing her will on him, and it remains to be seen what will happen to the player known as the Waterboy!
The Cast and Performances
There are brilliant performances all round in this film. The silliness of the film is found in Adam Sandler as Bobby, and he bounces perfectly off Kathy Bates as Momma and Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler as coach Klein. Fairuz Balk provides love interest Vicky Valencourt, and the performances from Bobby's teammates are strong in support. All character actors need to have a sense of humour that shows onto the screen. You get the feeling that anyone lacking in this department would stand out a mile and not fit in with the style of the film.
This is a really silly film, but, as a fan of Sandler and a great follower of American Football, I found two things working in tandem that I like in one film. There are many feel-good moments towards the end of the film, and director Frank Coraci injects these at opportune moments. The impression is that Sandler has control in front of and behind the camera, and indeed he is in part responsible for the script as co-writer. An appearance by Rob Schneider cements this as a Sandler film, as he regularly appears in cameos throughout Sandler's film from his production company, Happy Madison.
I don't have anything negative to say about this film, although a couple of warnings go out to those who do not like stereotypes being made fun of. There is a little of this in the film, and those who are not fans of American Football and the dry crude humour of Sandler will not enjoy this.
Crude and dry wit humour throughout, Waterboy is a hilarious comedy from Sandler and director Coraci.
I rate this fil;m at 5 stars out of 5, but would not be surprised if others rate it much lower.
The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £4.98
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Summary: The Waterboy (1998)