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The Waterboy (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 6 November 1998 (USA)
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A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

Director:

Frank Coraci
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1,314 ( 98)
6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Bobby Boucher
Kathy Bates ... Mama Boucher
Henry Winkler ... Coach Klein
Fairuza Balk ... Vicki Vallencourt
Jerry Reed ... Red Beaulieu
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Derek Wallace (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Blake Clark ... Farmer Fran
Peter Dante ... Gee Grenouille
Jonathan Loughran ... Lyle Robideaux
Al Whiting ... Casey Bugge
Clint Howard ... Paco
Allen Covert ... Walter
Rob Schneider ... Townie
Todd Holland Todd Holland ... Greg Meaney
Robert Kokol Robert Kokol ... Professor
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Storyline

Bobby Boucher is the lowly waterboy for a college football team, until the coach discovers his amazing talent for tackling people much bigger than him. He signs the Waterboy as the new star player, but Bobby must keep it secret from his overbearing and domineering mother. Written by Travis Kennedy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Instant Hero. Just Add Water. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Medulla Oblongata scene was shot at Florida Southern College in Lakeland Florida and actual students played the extras. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby first meets Coach Klein, the coach is drawing up a play on the chalkboard and describing it. The offense is represented by Os on the upper part of the chalkboard, and they are moving the ball downwards. Coach Klein uses the terms "left" and "right" from his perspective looking at the board, however football plays are always described in terms of the direction the offense is facing. So he is using totally backwards directions in describing the play. He also draws 12 players on offense. NCAA football has 11 players on each side of the ball. See more »

Quotes

Townie: [Rob Schneider] You can do it!
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Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version, the note Bobby gets early in the film reads "eat shit and kill yourself." For edited-for-TV versions the note reads "I hope you choke on your dandruff." See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 American Football Movies (2015) See more »

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Written by Charlie Daniels, Tom Crain, Fred Edwards, Taz Di Gregorio (as Taz DiGregorio),
Jim Marshall and Charlie Hayward
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User Reviews

 
Oh Come ON!! This was not meant to be high art..just great fun
26 August 2005 | by rdambrosoSee all my reviews

All of the characters were well developed and entertaining. This movie never pretended to be anything more than it was..a fun, wacky comedy with a bizarre plot. Anyone who beats this up for being dumb should be taken out back and paddled. It is obvious THEY are too dumb to realize that this was DESIGNED to be dumb. Anyway..there are too many scenes that I STILL laugh at today, even though I have seen this 1/2 dozen times. So, if you are looking for the greatest film ever made on all levels..give this a pass..if you can relate to the humor, it's a wonderful hoot! I am not a die hard Adam Sandler fan, but I think he scored a 10 in this one for likability and laughs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Waterboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,414,071, 8 November 1998

Gross USA:

$161,491,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,991,646
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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