The Waterboy (1998)
Despite being the constant target of gross jokes and public humiliation from the university football team players he serves, lowly water boy Bobby Boucher loves his job and thinks dispensing water to dehydrated athletes is life's greatest calling. However, when he is unceremoniously fired, for no reason other than pure ineptitude, Bobby gets a chance with a team that's clumsy with a football on the field as he is with a water jug on the side lines.
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Critic Reviews for The Waterboy
The formulaic mix of mirth and mayhem is aimed way down the MTV food chain...
The direction is as blunt and vacant as the plotting, the jokes are obvious and the performances (with a couple of exceptions) charmless.
As a satire on the only true religion of the American South -- football -- The Waterboy is delightful.
Sandler makes the laughs go down easy, even if The Waterboy isn't exactly quality H2O.
A witless and utterly predictable comic fantasy about a misfit turned hero.
There's an innocence to The Waterboy that makes the picture part slapstick and part fairy tale...The only problem with letting kids see this Adam Sandler movie? They might want to see another one. [Blu-ray]
A predictable, formulaic, dumb comedy that has about as much depth as Bobby . . . unless you think of it in Forrest Gump terms, and then it begins to get a little less offensive and a little funnier.
Though unabashedly goofy, this comedy also boasts some subtly ingenious moments of mirth.
Perfectly watchable, undemanding fun, but you can't help thinking that a slightly darker tone would have gone a very long way.
Hands up anyone who shelled-out cash at the cinema to see this pathetic sporting comedy...What were you thinking of?
The Waterboy is scrappy and funny and achieves its modest aim, which is to make us laugh like grade-schoolers. The doofus boy triumphs again.
It's a piece of comic fluff that has lots of laughs and appeals to the kid in us all.
The Waterboy is a disappointment, even by standards associated with Adam Sandler's work.
Adam Sandler movies are like kumquats -- you either like them or you don't.
God knows, it tries, but most of the jokes fall flat, and the movie never gets off the ground.
The Waterboy should have been sacked long before it reached the theater.
Sandler proved last year that he can be believable as a real person, but if he insists on playing overblown caricatures, he may not get many more chances.
Audience Reviews for The Waterboy
Often the funniest aspect of Adam Sandler movies, the biggest joke, is the most irritating as well: that he and his crew are laughing at the audience and the film industry simultaneously. Waterboy is one example of this conceit in spades, and like many of his efforts in this vein is notable for just how not funny it achieves.More
One of Sandler's best loved movies of the 90s, this comedy is fun, humourous, and full of life. Of course there are a good number of stupid jokes in it too, but overall it's very funny.More
I don't know what to think about Adam Sandler half the time and although I would say I am most certainly a fan, I found this movie more irritating than amusing. Saying that though, talking like his character in this movie is definitely a must when completely drunk.More
The Waterboy Quotes
- Well! Mama's wrong again!
- Bobby Boucher:
- No, You're wrong Colonel Sanders.
- There is something wrong with YOUR medulla oblongata.
- Hey Walter! I bet you fifty bucks Guy Grenouille throws a touchdown pass on the first play. Check it out!
- [Guy Grenouille throws an interception] Woo hoo hoo hoo! You owe me fifty bucks!
- You said it was gonna be a touchdown pass, you crazy asshole!
- Bobby Boucher:
- Mama, when did Ben Franklin invent electricity?
- Mama Boucher:
- That's nonsense, I invented electricity. Ben Franklin is the Devil!
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