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At Theaters: 11/6/1998 On Video: 3/16/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 26 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119801
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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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.

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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer)
Kathy Bates (Titanic)
Henry Winkler (Crazy Joe)
Director: Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer)
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About The Production
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Content Heading
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
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Above Average
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.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 165 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
9
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
41
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
36
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
24
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
18
High
94%
30+Adults (F)
20
Fairly High
95%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

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 find out!).

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