The Waterboy

The Waterboy
The Waterboy
  • PG-13
  • 1h 30m
  • 1998
Rotten35%
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America’s favorite wild and zany funnyman, Adam Sandler, scores big laughs in a smash comedy hit where the laughs never run dry! Just an oddball mama’s boy from the back bayous of Louisiana, Bobby Boucher (Sandler) never wanted anything more than to quench the thirst of the dehydrated athletes who treat him like dirt! But when Coach Klein makes the call that allows Bobby to finally stand up for himself, it unleashes a torrent of bottled-up frustration...and exposes a talent for tackling that transforms him from a meek “water distribution engineer” to the hardest hitter ever to roam the gridiron! Also featuring award-winning Kathy Bates and sexy Fairuza Balk in a hilarious cast of stars – here’s your chance to join the millions everywhere whom’ve proudly stood and cheered for The Waterboy!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten35%
Critics Consensus: This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.
Reviews
Variety
Glenn Lovell
Rotten

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

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Rotten

The direction is as blunt and vacant as the plotting, the jokes are obvious and the performances (...

June 21, 2017
Houston Chronicle
Jeff Millar
Fresh

The film is amiably goofy.

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
John Haslett Cuff
Fresh

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

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Crude, dumb, predictable Adam Sandler comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Waterboy is a 1997 movie starring Adam Sandler as a bumbling waterboy from Louisiana who learns to channel his rage at being picked on his whole life into becoming a champion college football player. He endures physical bullying as well as verbal; he's called a "retard," "needled--k," and "s--thead," among other things. There is frequent profanity throughout, including "f--k." There's also drinking shown at a college party, and, in a recurring joke, the cheerleaders and mascot of the team are shown drowning their sorrows with whiskey while appearing almost passed out on the football field. There are some references to sex, including threesomes, and jokes are made at the waterboy's expense about him being a virgin. Brief shot of naked male buttocks. Talk of sex between the waterboy and his girlfriend. In one scene, his girlfriend removes her blouse. Overall, though The Waterboy can be just as crude (and formulaic in terms of story) as other Adam Sandler movies from the 1990s, this one isn't quite as funny, goofy, or silly as Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:November 6, 1998
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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