Video Stats & Links
||Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler,
Fairuzza Balk, Jerry Reed
||Touchstone Home Video
||Too young or they won't get
If she's got a sense of humor.
Adam Sandler tackling the crap out of a
lot of people.
Eleven Henry Winkler heads chanting
||Bobby tells mama:
"I like Vicki and she likes me too, and she showed me
her boobies, and I liked them too!"
A lot of critics didn't like "The Waterboy" when it
came through the theaters. They complained that Adam Sandler's voice
was annoying, that the jokes were juvenile, that the plot was
stupid, and that there were no redeeming values to the film. Screw 'em.
When I went to see "The Waterboy" on the big screen I
expected Adam's voice to be goofy, was looking forward to juvenile
jokes, knew that the plot wouldn't be to taxing to figure out, and
enjoyed it. And you know what? Watching it on video I enjoyed it all
A Video Review
"The Waterboy" follows Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler), a
waterboy who dishes out the tastiest H2O for ungrateful athletes. He
gets picked on, made fun of, and hit with footballs, but continues
on his quest to deliver thirst-quenching agua to those in need.
Well, poor Bobby gets fired from the big college, only to find his
new place at South Central Louisiana State University as the new,
tortured waterboy, where Coach Klein (Henry Winkler) tells Bobby he
has to stick up for himself. Bobby surprisingly does with a ramming
tackle, and our hero, Bobby the linebacker, is born. It's simple
from here - Bobby must play football without his mother (Kathy
Bates) finding out (he explains the game bumps and bruises to his
mama by saying he keeps getting beat up by a gorilla that escaped
from the zoo), Bobby is the school hero leading the football team to
victory, and Bobby tries to see his favorite girl, Vicki (Fairuza
Balk), who his mama calls "the devil." All is well for
Bobby until he becomes ineligible for the Bourbon Bowl, at which
time the town turns on him. Well, the movie can't end like that, so,
yea, Bobby makes it to the big game, and well, once again is the
The plot is simple and I liked that. Adam Sandler plays a
lisping, Louisiana accented, not having a high school education
except by his mama, driving a tractor style lawnmower to get around,
lovable Bobby. He may be simple, he may be stupid, but he ends up
just being likable. Kathy Bates as Bobby's mama is just great.
Witty, not wanting to lose her boy, cooking up snakes and baby
alligators, and calling everything "the devil," Bates does
great in her comedic role. Henry Winkler is in one of the greatest
roles I've seen him play in a long time and reminded me of his role
in one of the greatest movies of all time, "Night Shift."
He is the coach who blew his chance for the big time, the genius who
got beat up by the bully, and not really knowing how to get it back.
Bobby teaches him a thing or two, and he finds that running away
isn't the answer. Mix up some good roles with some fun cameos (I
loved Dan Fouts and Brent Musburger mixing it up in the announcers
booth), toss in a killer soundtrack (Andrew Gold's "Lonely
Boy" was perfectly placed), and I had a good time.
Sure, "The Waterboy" got blasted by a lot of critics,
but sometimes I wonder what these people are expecting. I enjoyed it
once, and got to enjoy it again.
So, with that said I'm giving "The Waterboy" 3 ½
stars. Know what to expect going into it and you should enjoy it.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!