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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 H2O to dehydrated
athletes is life's greatest calling. Everything changes when he
is unexpectedly discovered to have a dazzling talent for tackling.
Comedy - The Waterboy is a silly sports comedy much closer in tone to
Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore than to his more recent The
Wedding Singer. Characterizations matter much less than general
silliness, which will likely appeal to younger viewers in particular.
The humor tends to involve either comic football violence or exaggerated
stereotypes of rural Louisiana natives, which may strike some viewers
as offensive. Mostly targeted at 13-25 year-old males, though many
gags will be amusing to a wider audience.
PROFANITY: Somewhat strong and moderately frequent SEX/NUDITY: One brief shot of bare male buttocks; suggestive sexual content VIOLENCE: Extreme sports violence DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Consumption of alcohol, drug references ACTION: Lots of football action COMEDY: Lots of absurd, sometimes low-brow comedy
In The Wedding Singer, it looked as though Adam Sandler was
trying to shrug off the infantile, silly-voiced persona he took from
"Saturday Night Live" to Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore.
In The Waterboy, Sandler is once again playing an infantile,
silly-voiced character, but the surprise is that it's a more enjoyably
clever film than you'd have any reason to expect. Though the opening
minutes promise little more than cheap slapstick and tired running gags,
the film starts growing on you, the humor coming from unexpected places.
Combining the slightly more mature comedy of The Wedding Singer
with the lower common denominator silliness of Happy Gilmore
results in an uneven but goofy entertainment.
Bobby Boucher (ADAM SANDLER), a socially inept 31-year-old from
the swamps of Louisiana, is home schooled and sheltered by his
overprotective mama (KATHY BATES). His only contact with society
is his waterboy job for a college team, where the players relentlessly
make fun of him and his coach doesn't let him fight back. This
all changes when Bobby gets a new coach (HENRY WINKLER), who lets
him stand up for himself. Bobby finally unleashes years of pent-up
rage and is transformed into the most devastating linebacker on
the team. Now Bobby has to learn how to play football and go to
college, all behind his mama's back (let's just hope Mama doesn't