The Waterboy (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Waterboy1998

The Waterboy (1998)



Critic Consensus: This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.

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Despite being the constant target of gross jokes and public humiliation from the university football team players he serves, lowly water boy Bobby Boucher loves his job and thinks dispensing water to dehydrated athletes is life's greatest calling. However, when he is unceremoniously fired, for no reason other than pure ineptitude, Bobby gets a chance with a team that's clumsy with a football on the field as he is with a water jug on the side lines.

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Adam Sandler
as Bobby Boucher
Kathy Bates
as Mama Boucher
Henry Winkler
as Coach Klein
Fairuza Balk
as Vicki Vallencourt
Jerry Reed
as Red Beaulieu
Blake Clark
as Farmer Fran
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
as Derek Wallace
Peter Dante
as Gee Grenouille
Jonathan Loughran
as Lyle Robideaux
Paul Wight
as Captain Insano
Bill Cowher
as Himself
Lynn Swann
as Himself
Dan Patrick
as Himself
Dan Fouts
as Himself
Lee Corso
as Himself
Chris Fowler
as Himself
Al Whiting
as Casey Bugge
Todd Holland
as Greg Meaney
Robert Kokol
as Professor
Frank Coraci
as Roberto
James Bates Jr.
as West Mississippi Lineman
Kelly Hare
as Drunk Cheerleader
Dawn Birch
as Red's Watergirl
Steve Raulerson
as Sheriff Loughran
Chris Mugglebee
as Sheriff Jack
John Farley
as Tony Dodd
Kevin P. Farley
as Jim Simonds
Jamie Williams
as Young Bobby
Marc Kittay
as Youngest Bobby
Matt Baylis
as Student
Jack Carroll
as Bible College Coach
Tom Nowicki
as Community College Coach
Ric Swezey
as Male Cheerleader
Michael Hold
as Central Kentucky Quarterback
Kevin Reid
as West Mississippi Quarterback
Mattie Wolf
as Cajun Lady
Phyllis Alia
as Assistant
Dave Wagner
as Announcer
Tina Barr
as Cheerleader
Michael Giarraputo
as Bourbon Bowl Statistician
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Critic Reviews for The Waterboy

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (22)

A witless and utterly predictable comic fantasy about a misfit turned hero.

June 18, 2012

Really dumb, but many teens love it anyway.

December 29, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The formulaic mix of mirth and mayhem is aimed way down the MTV food chain...

June 2, 2008
Top Critic

Perfectly watchable, undemanding fun, but you can't help thinking that a slightly darker tone would have gone a very long way.

June 2, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The direction is as blunt and vacant as the plotting, the jokes are obvious and the performances (with a couple of exceptions) charmless.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The film is amiably goofy.

July 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Waterboy


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Often the funniest aspect of Adam Sandler movies, the biggest joke, is the most irritating as well: that he and his crew are laughing at the audience and the film industry simultaneously. Waterboy is one example of this conceit in spades, and like many of his efforts in this vein is notable for just how not funny it achieves.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

One of Sandler's best loved movies of the 90s, this comedy is fun, humourous, and full of life. Of course there are a good number of stupid jokes in it too, but overall it's very funny.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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