Movie Review: The Waterboy

While The Waterboy is not a Blockbuster, it’s worth a try for any fan of catchy phrases, memorable characters, and Adam Sandler.

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Byonce Tyus, Staff Writer

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The Waterboy, starring Adam Sandler and directed by Frank Coraci, is a comedy filled with immature jokes for acquired tastes.

Sandler excels in transforming into the character of Bobby Boucher, who is a waterboy for the University of Louisiana’s football team. He captures the essence of who Bobby is: honesty and innocence. With this also comes his slow-talking, low-IQ faults; he’s an uneducated backwoods thirty-year-old who still lives with his controlling mother, played by Kathy Bates. These aspects make a recipe for a judgmental town obsessed with poking fun at Bobby. Add this to his own personal insecurities, Bobby has nothing to console him but his love of football.

A memorable moment was then Bobby is being tormented by a teammate, and is told that Gatorade is better than water. This clicks paranoia and hysteria within Bobby; he envisions the entire team mocking his love of cool, fresh water. Moments like these, however (that actually have humor) are few and far between.

The rest of the movie is a miss. The fake Southern accents and impossibly stupid personalities of the rest of the characters were the epitome of the hillbilly cliche. Riddled with these clearly unrealistic stereotypes, where the movie lacked in comedy, it made up for irritation.

Another miss was when Coach Klein, played by Henry Winkler, tried to overcome his intimidation of the opposing team’s coach, Coach Beaulieu. Determined to put his fears behind him to win the game, Klein envisioned Beaulieu as something non-intimidating. Klein’s face morphed into that of an apple-cheeked baby. While this helped him succeed in overcoming his fear, it dragged on for too long, failed in being a knee-slapper, and was just downright creepy.

While The Waterboy is not a Blockbuster, it’s worth a try for any fan of catchy phrases, memorable characters, and Adam Sandler.