THE WATERBOY (1998 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.5|5.0 Stars ìììì

The Waterboy—is a classic Adam Sandler comedy fashioned for the teen/adult audience. It uses the same rags to riches theme that Sandler uses in many of his stories and turns into a fair to middling piece of entertainment.

Storyline

Thirty-one-year-old Robert ‘Bobby’ Boucher Jr. returns home on his John Deere tractor after losing his job as water boy for the University of Louisiana Cougar football team. He fails to find work and finally approaches Coach Klein (Henry Winkler), South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs, for a position as water boy. Coach Klein has no money to pay him, but Bobby says he’ll work for free. On a coaching day one of Klein’s football players begins tormenting Bobby and Coach Klein tells Bobby to stand up for himself. Bobby bulldozes the offending player down like a wrecking ball. Coach Klein tells Bobby that’s a great tackle and decides to hire Bobby as a football player. As a successful football player, Bobby’s life expands. He finds a way to an independence that he never could have predicted.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Frank Coraci for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Adam Sandler for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Helen ‘Mama’ Boucher (Kathy Bates), Vicki Vallencourt (Fairuza Balk), Coach Red Beaulieu (Jerry Reed), Derek Wallace (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.), Farmer Fran (Blake Clark), Gee Grenouille (Peter Dante), Lyle Robideaux (Jonathan Loughran), Casey Bugge (Al Whiting), Paco (Clint Howard), Walter (Allen Covert), and Townie (Rob Schneider).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a fun afternoon watch.


Ben Meyers

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