The Waterboy (1998)

The Waterboy



Critic Consensus: This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.

Movie Info

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.

Rating: PG-13 (for language and some crude sexual humor)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 1999
Touchstone Pictures


as Bobby Boucher

as Mama Boucher

as Vicki Vallencourt

as Coach Klein

as Red Beaulieu

as Farmer Fran

as Gee Grenouille

as Lyle Robideaux

as Captain Insano

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Casey Bugge

as Walter

as Greg Meaney

as Professor

as Roberto

as West Mississippi Lin...

as Drunk Cheerleader

as Red's Watergirl

as Sheriff Loughran

as Sheriff Jack

as Tony Dodd

as Jim Simonds

as Young Bobby

as Youngest Bobby

as Student

as Bible College Coach

as Community College Co...

as Male Cheerleader

as Central Kentucky Qua...

as West Mississippi Qua...

as Cajun Lady

as Assistant

as Announcer

as Cheerleader

as Bourbon Bowl Statist...
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Critic Reviews for The Waterboy

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (18)

The formulaic mix of mirth and mayhem is aimed way down the MTV food chain...

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
Top Critic

The direction is as blunt and vacant as the plotting, the jokes are obvious and the performances (with a couple of exceptions) charmless.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is amiably goofy.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

As a satire on the only true religion of the American South -- football -- The Waterboy is delightful.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

We've got somewhat entertaining trash here.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A witless and utterly predictable comic fantasy about a misfit turned hero.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for The Waterboy


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Super Reviewer


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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

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.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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