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The Waterboy [DVD] [1999]

Adam Sandler , Kathy Bates , Frank Coraci    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler, Fairuza Balk, Jerry Reed
  • Directors: Frank Coraci
  • Writers: Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Ira Shuman, Jack Giarraputo, Michelle Holdsworth, Phyllis Alia
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D0DT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,697 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adam Sandler vaulted into the US$20-million-salary stratosphere with this, his second US$100-million hit in 1998--a movie that further shows just how deeply embedded he is in the Jerry Lewis tradition of idiot comedy. He plays Bobby Boucher, a backwoods Cajun and a mentally challenged individual with a fixation on water: specifically, on serving the coolest, most refreshing H2O available to the college football team he has served since he was an adolescent. But when he's fired from his position, he takes up a similar job with a lowlier college team coached by neurotic Henry Winkler. One day at practice, Bobby loses his temper and delivers a bone-shaking tackle to the starting quarterback; before he can say, "blackened crawdads", he's the star of the team and leading it to a bowl game. But it's all against the wishes of his overprotective mother (Kathy Bates), who wants to keep her Bobby to herself--and that includes keeping him away from the floozy girlfriend (Fairuza Balk) who's sweet on him. There are two kinds of people in this world: People who find Sandler funny and people who view him as a neon-lit symbol of the decline of popular taste. You know who you are and, based on that, you can decide whether this is a movie for you. --Marshall Fine

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Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) is just a mild-mannered country boy whose lifelong dream extends no further than serving water to the football team during breaks in play. The team don't always appreciate Bobby's value and treat him little better than a slave, but things change when coach Klein (Henry Winkler) gives him a chance to play. It emerges that the years of pent up frustration have turned Bobby into a turbo-charged dynamo in defense. He swiftly rises from waterboy to superstar.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
While The Wedding Singer will probably always be my favorite Adam Sandler movie, The Waterboy is by far his funniest, and I think I actually enjoy this film more each time I watch it. It is the perfect answer for a bad day, as not only is it hilarious and uplifting, it lets you take out some of your own pent-up aggression with each powerful hit Bobby Boucher (Sandler) makes out on the football field. Bobby represents everyone who has ever been excluded, picked on, or ridiculed. While he is not an intellectual giant and does not possess what you call people skills, his kind and simple nature makes him a man among men even before he finds stardom on the gridiron. The boy certainly loves his mama, and Kathy Bates shines in her role as the overprotective, quirky, slightly touched in the head Helen Boucher. If anyone ever questioned Bates' ability to do comedy, this movie should banish all doubts. Fairuza Balk is strangely beguiling as Vicki Vallencourt, a "bad girl" who has long had an interest in Bobby over his mother's objections, and the two make a really strange yet somehow logical couple. Bobby's mother describes Vicki as "the devil," but of course she considers just about every person on the planet besides herself and Bobby as "the devil."
Bobby's real passion in life is his job as waterboy for the local college football team, a real powerhouse coached by Coach Red Beaulieu (Jerry Reed). When he gets fired, he goes seeking water management employment at South Central Louisiana State University, a legendarily bad team coached by Coach Klein, a very un-Fonzie-like Henry Winkler. When Coach Klein convinces Bobby to defend himself against the taunts of team members, he finds himself looking at a natural-born linebacker.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best sandler movie? 13 Mar 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is the best comedy film I have ever seen.I
can't count the number of times I was in hysterics.Adam Sandlers diversity of character
portrayal is yet again proved amazing.I still
laugh at the same parts even after five or six
viewing.The script is great and the acting is top
class.The guy who plays the Fonz in Happy Days is
in it and is great.This film is hilarious from start 2 finish.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treat For Sandler Fans! 11 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
'The Waterboy' was the first Adam Sandler film that i ever saw and the one responsible for getting me hooked on his films. It does not matter wether he is playing a 'hard-nut' (Happy Gilmore) or a 'simpleton' (The Waterboy), he still manages to make all his film hilariously funny while sticking to that same humour which appears in all his films.
Bobby Boucher (prenounced 'Booshay') is a simple, accademically challenged loner who has a mad obsesion with water. When he is fired from his position as waterboy from the college football team, he to offer his services to the 'Mud Dogs'. When he loses his temper in practice and tackles one of the players, the coach immediately puts him on the team, against the will of his overprotective mama.
The acting in this film is supurb especially from Kathy Bates (Mama), Fairuza Balk (Viki), and Henry Winkler (Coach Klein). However for me it's Sandler who makes the film what it is. His performance is amazing as the stuttering 'simpleton' Bobby Boucher, who represents all the people who have ever been bullied, picked on or made fun of and while his solution to the problem would not be quite so practicalin real life, we can certainly enjoy watching it (and the after affects).
Although this film is extreamly funny there is as i have mentioned earlier a much more serious side to it. This film is about overcoming the odds and believing in yourself enough to that. I'm sure you will agree that Bobby Boucher is an inspiration to us all.
For any fans of Adam Sandler then this movie is a real treat and is a must-have. I promise you, you will laugh harder every time you watch it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite Dull 3 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I saw the Wedding Singer and thought Adam Sandler was excellent in this, as my brother recommended it to me (he is 12), i saw it. Some of the jokes are okay but they become repetitive and dull. The storyline is so bad you can tell what's going to happen in the whole film even if you only saw a trailer. It's okay seeing it once but watch it more than once and it becomes unbelievably dull. But, the most annoying part of this film is the way Sandler speaks. Rent it, not really worth buying.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Comedy film ever !! 7 Mar 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is by far the funniest film I have ever seen
and Sandler is amazing in it.He really shows both
his comedic talent and diversity in this movie.
I cannot count how many times I was in hysterics.
Even after seeing loads I still laugh at the same
bits.I cannot stress how much I love this film.
It is in my top 5 films of all time. Great acting
,great script,great gags.....great film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Adam Sandler 30 Mar 2013
By Si
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you enjoy the typical stupid humour of Adam Sandler, you will enjoy the Waterboy. It is just as good as the other Adam Sandler films..

i'll not give anything away to do with the film, except its a good, humour film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No son of mine is gonna play any foos-ball 19 Sep 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Simpleton Bobby Boucher is the water boy for a college football team, until he gets fired for like the umpteenth time. Then just as Bobby thinks his life is empty, another coach discovers that Bobby has an incredible talent for tackling players. The secret is by getting Bobby thinking he's being made fun of, thus the formula works and Bobby becomes the team star player, but that brings about its own drawbacks.

Speaking as someone who happily indulges in the odd bit of Adam Sandler nonsense, i have to say that this picture, alongside the god awful Little Nicky, is easily one of his worst efforts. I just find the well trodden story tiresome in the extreme, and were it not for a couple of strong supporting turns from Henry Winkler and Kathy Bates, the film would have sunk into the swamp where it deserves to be. It promises much in the first quarter, Sandler's goo-fish charm offering up a comic delight, but come the half way point you realise it's essentially a one joke movie. With Sandler unable to break his Bobby character free from the confines of an idiot savant played for laughs.

Not one recommended to anyone other than the staunchest of Sandler supporters. 4/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my son loves and really enjoys this film, laughed from start to finish
Published 1 day ago by Ingrid Sampson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
A fabulous funny film enjoyed by the entire family
Published 24 days ago by Mrs. R. Mcmillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 25 days ago by i c shaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not really an Adam Sandler fan, and this didn't change my mind.
Published 1 month ago by fgas bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
quick dispatch :)
Published 1 month ago by Emma Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by MARK TIMBRELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, Funny, Couldn't Stop Laughing
I absolutely love this film, cracks me up every single time I watch it, would definitely recommend this film to a friend/family member. Its hilarious and sweet at the same time :D
Published 2 months ago by Miss Matilda Shadows
2.0 out of 5 stars Bought For My Partner
I admit that I like Adam Sandler, but he is like most actors that border on the female "romcom" circuit, some of his movies are better than others, and some are dire,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by x wing flyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it.
arrived on time. I am a big fan of Adam Sandler, the movie is so funny from start to finish, I recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Mohammed87
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
While it's not top class, and doesn't quite compare to some other Adam Sandler movies like Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy is still funny, and one of Sandler's best. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin
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