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This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.
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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.
The film is amiably goofy.
As a satire on the only true religion of the American South -- football -- The Waterboy is delightful.
We've got somewhat entertaining trash here.
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.
Really dumb, but many teens love it anyway.
An agreeable yet forgettable comedy...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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