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The Waterboy
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Starring: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler, Fairuzza Balk, Jerry Reed
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Touchstone Home Video
Kiddie Movie: Too young or they won't get it.
Date Movie: If she's got a sense of humor.
Gratuitous Sex: Nope.
Gratuitous Violence: Adam Sandler tackling the crap out of a lot of people.
Action: Nope.
Laughs: Yep.
Memorable Scene: Eleven Henry Winkler heads chanting "water sucks."
Memorable Quote: Bobby tells mama: "I like Vicki and she likes me too, and she showed me her boobies, and I liked them too!"
Directed By: Frank Coraci

The Waterboy
A Video Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:30 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 over again.

"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 hero.

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 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!!

 

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